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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Faces/Time at Claymakers

Claymakers presents Faces/Time, New Works by Laura Farrow
I was out at Laura's studio today and snapped a few pics so you could have a sneak peek of the show. Laura is one of the most talented artists I know. I always come home from her studio inspired and I almost always come home with a borrowed book, some new glaze idea, some new surface treatment, and a head full of new ideas I want to try. Wesley and I met Laura a few years ago when we visited her studio during the Orange County Studio Tour. After we left her studio we went to several others and many were a great disappointment after the quality of Laura's work. She sets the bar pretty high. Today we sat out in the yard in the warmest sunshine and just talked about how we work, why we work, etc. I think it is so important for artists to visit with other artists just to confirm that your brain isn't the only one cranking the way it is. It was so assuring to me to hear someone else agree with me that they can't stay on task for very long and have to be pushed by deadlines, and all the other things that roll around in your brain when you spend way to much time alone in the studio. I feel very lucky to have such brilliant artists for friends. I thought I would spend the month while Gerry was away working in my studio and getting so much done, but instead I found myself visiting with many of my very talented artist friends, just having coffee or lunch and gathering information and inspiration. At first I felt like I was wasting a lot of time that I should have been using for work, but it has given me a new enthusiasm for my work and has helped me sort out many things that I was questioning. Here are some of Laura's newest pieces, enjoy!


I love to see Laura's process in making these sculptures come to life. I was at a Raku fire the day Laura brought these sketches to Claymakers and presented the idea for this show. I knew then that it would be so great.
the rib cage is a symbolic catacomb and the bones below will be placed inside. Each of these sculptures have stories and Laura really thinks about who each one of them are from the very first sketch. I think that is why they have such a spirit about them. Hope all of you can get to the show if you are close by. Are you inspired to run to your studio right now? I know I am!

8 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Phenomenal work. Thanks for posting it, Tracey. Really wonderful.

cindy shake said...

Laura's pieces are so EXPRESSIVE! Lucky duck to get to go to her studio! Being with other artists always fires me up :o) Great post.

Judy Shreve said...

WOW - Laura's work is stunning! Thanks for such a great -- inspirational post! And you weren't wasting time you were feeding your well ---

Tracey Broome said...

Laura's work is sooo great isn't it! Glad you liked it. And yes Judy you are right, the well must be fed! Just talking through things with another artist can start so many ideas flowing.

www.jeffmartinceramics.blogspot.com said...

oh yes she is good alright!

Linda Starr said...

Unbelievable work, thx.

Laura said...

Thanks for tooting my horn so loud and long, Tracey! Your photos captured something very unique and interesting in the work. They're great! And thanks everyone for all the comments and compliments! You're so kind. xo

Patricia Griffin said...

Oh my goodness, this was awesome. Thanks for posting the pics. What an inspiration!