There was lots of conversation last week with the monks regarding reincarnation. I would like to believe that this girl in the photo above was me in a previous life :-)
I got this postcard in Cherokee, NC at the Qualla Arts Co-op. If you have ever been to Cherokee, you will know that it is perhaps the tackiest place on Earth, except for maybe my home town of Myrtle Beach. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to go there whenever we get anywhere nearby. For some odd reason, my parents chose to leave Myrtle Beach on the fourth of July every other year or so, and go to Cherokee for vacation. It's exactly the same theme park kinda place, wtf! but I love tacky, and I love the Cherokee people. They are stepping up a bit, and the place is much nicer than it has been in past years. At least they don't have those poor bear cubs chained outside the stores anymore.
They seem to be getting a handle on the beauty and wonder of their culture and finally have a few places in town that honor that. One place is the Qualla co-op. I am telling you all of this, because the coil pottery they had on display took my breath and got the little wheels in the remote part of my creative brain thinking that I want to go back to making some coil pots. Some of the nicest pieces I have ever made were coil pots that I raku fired, even though at the time, I was warned against raku firing coil built pots. I did it anyway, and got some spectacular results.
I did a quick Raku fire on Tuesday and while the kiln was heating up, I put a few pieces in a trash can, built a little fire in there and smoked them. This is one of my favorite ways to get an interesting surface on clay.
This one I raku fired. It has a nickel and cobalt oxide wash on it, and my intention was for it to be a blueish green (as per my test tile), however, I forgot and put it in reduction and got this well reduced black piece instead. Since it was inspired by Alvin Ailey's dance Revelations, I suppose it's sort of perfect for it to be black... I like it. Remember those legs I found in the tin box at the antique store? There they are, worked out great except gluing stuff to clay is driving me mad, I am just about over this found object/gluing business!
I really have to stop being so lazy with my photo set up, what a shite piece of photography this is! Sorry..... just went outside and grabbed a piece of construction paper, ugh, the early morning blue light.
These are cute, right? There is a piece of wire attached to one of the nails from another project that didn't quite work out, but I like it on this nail, so I left it there. I really love these.
Unless Wesley wants to go back to the beach??........ maybe just a weekend camp on the A.T?