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Friday, June 4, 2010

Down on the farm

I'm sort of obsessing with these houses and barns right now. I have had my sketch book out and my colored pencils and I have so many ideas for these things. This one looks a bit forlorn, wish I had put feet on it. I think they look better with a little rise off of the ground. Maybe I can gather up some found objects for the feet. These are like little canvases that I can paint on and I am really loving where this is going!
Today I tried out some silos to go with the barns. Pain in the ass, but I like them. Don't look for too many of them though, unless it gets simpler! I'm trying to get a head start on the show I will have next May with these barns and houses. I want to try a bunch of things, and a year really isn't that long, when you think of how many times I have to fire these and there's the waiting on them to dry. I have a lot of colors I want to experiment with so best to do it now while there is no pressure!
Here's my output for the day. Not exactly a production potter here, but these things take a lot of time and have so many stops and starts waiting on the drying.
I had one bit of slab left over so I made a little bowl with one of my stamps. Now I need more slabs because I really like this bowl. It matches the cups from last week. Very noice.
Wrapping it up for the day, got to go grab a shower, with my new soaps from Tig of course! and then over to Raleigh for the NC Landscape reception at the Visual Arts Exchange. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone interpreted North Carolina. I know lots of folks are having weekend sales so best of luck to all of you out there! I'm hoping that I can get over to Larkspur on Sunday to see everyone there. We'll see how things go. Happy weekend all!!!

9 comments:

Trish said...

Tracey... I LOVE what you are doing with barns and the farm theme..It is in my roots, and I appreciate the love of country living and the work that it takes. I told you I would send some pics of barns of Alberta and I WILL do this..;)..saw some more I liked on the way to Red Deer last week, but no time to stop then in the pouring rain...have a great weekend too..just finished packing up for our ART WALK...cheers. T.

Growin' Granny said...

As a country dweller, I really like your new barn direction. You mentioned found objects: I was thinking they would look nice sitting on a stand/foundation of actual old barnwoood, or separate clay base textured to look like brick foundation or wood.

Hollis Engley said...

Loving these barns, Tracey ...

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Tracey I like the footless house
It looks like something you might drive by in the countryside, dark windows and all. Moody.
j

cookingwithgas said...

I think they are great!
work as slow as you like-it will pay off not to rush these.

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

Looks like a respectable amount of work for a single day! Another clay artist friend called me after reading an article in CM about potters making upwards of 1500 pieces a year. She said it made her feel like a slacker. Not sure I'd enjoy making art if I had to produce that much.

I'm glad you're exploring the bases/feet for your barns. Sometimes the subtleties make all the difference.

ang said...

cool silos or is it silohs??? anyhoo cool variation before you know it there'll be a whole barnyard of buildings...

Judy Shreve said...

I love the barn -- the white weathered walls against that red roof is stunning. And you have captured an essence -- moody, old, intriguing. It makes me want to look in the windows or stop and take a picture - just as if I were riding by it. Great piece!

Laura said...

I like that 'forlorn' barn a lot, actually. Really nice surface going on there, and moody really is the best word for it.