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Saturday, April 30, 2011

In My Pockets

What do you find in your pockets? I am always picking up rocks, shells, rusty bits of metal and sticking them in my pockets. My daughter has grown up the same way. There is always a rock or a guitar pick or something in the washing machine that has fallen out of her pockets.This was the last piece I fired in my Raku kiln for this show. I was hesitant to fire it because there was a good chance it would not survive the thermal shock. But it did and it is wonderful and it may be my favorite piece so far!

Use this niche to tuck away the treasures you find or use it as a special alter.

This is where I want to go with my work. These pieces are becoming part of Wesley's leaving home, part of our growth apart and in some ways growing closer as I watch her become an adult.
The recent pieces I have made are about home and memories and family and that's what's important to me right now. I like using mixed media as well. The roof is some old wood I found, shells and rocks and a rusty piece of metal came out of bowls sitting around here that hold the things we collect on trips and walks.
The raku glaze was crazy again but sadly does not photograph all that well. In person, it's really spectacular. It looks like an old rusty metal box. This is the last of the preview pictures. I'm loading up all the work for NC Craft today, a funeral to go to and a meeting tonight.
A shout out goes to my friends over at the Clay Centre in Carrboro who are having a kiln opening today, if you are in the area stop by. I'm supposed to be there, but with Shakori last week and my show opening tomorrow, I had to cancel something. Hope they all sell lots of pots!

10 comments:

Anna said...

Spectacular! I have a ceramic leaf I made years ago that holds the items I find on my walks....I love the niches and how they honor what you find! Would love to see these raku glazes in person. Maybe someday....Good luck with the show.

DK said...

Even if the photographs don't catch the glaze very well, WOW that is gorgeous. Love it. There's always strange bits of jetsom dancing around at the bottom of our washer, too. One of my brothers once put a .22 bullet through the wash in his overalls and it made it all the way through to the dryer where it lodged itself up under the agitator blade. It's been through many, many dryer loads of laundry in the 7 years it's been there and hasn't gone off yet, so here's to hoping it stays that way.

cindy shake said...

Very cool work!! I have a tall stack of plastic drawers that store my "treasures." It's wonderful when they are able to end up in my art making as are yours. Just beautiful. Love the path you are on :)

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

It is a truly LOVELY piece. I love the raku finish!

Tracey Broome said...

thanks eveyone! It would be fun to see the "treasures" that everyone ends up pulling out of their pockets, I'm sure there are many like us! A .22 in the washer, whew!

ang said...

lookin super trace.... it will age well this piece!!! love the mixed media path you're on at the mo it suits you to a T :)) I think you should have a couple of drinks to celebrate its gorgeous!!!!!!

Laura said...

wow! great work!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Laura thanks! Ang, as I read this I have had two beers from my favorite bar in Chapel Hill and the page is quite blurry :) it's been a long day....

Linda Starr said...

The surface looks like metal, I love that.

Michèle Hastings said...

beautiful... glad it made it through the firing!

rocks and sheetrock screws are the items most often washed around here... both jeff and i are responsible for the rocks, the sheetrock screws are all his