FYI, the demonstration was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on this link: Hands In Clay - Kurinuki Class - September 8, 2020
Here are some of the marvelous pieces by CAC artists, mostly made during our recent online demonstration of the Kurinuki technique. We received lots of positive feedback from folks who participated, such as this message from Linda Stoehr: "I loved the program, everyone did a wonderful job. Thank you!"
FYI, the demonstration was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on this link: Hands In Clay - Kurinuki Class - September 8, 2020
Here are some pieces by the CAC artists who are demonstrating the Kurinuki technique at the September 8 online meeting of our club. They are Darryla Green (hers are on the top row) and Patty Taylor (see the lower row), who learned about this method of working with clay last summer from ceramicists in Japan when they were on a wonderful art-themed tour of that country .
We had a "dress rehearsal" of the Kurinuki demo with a few of our members last week, and below are some of the results. There are sure to be plenty more after the full-scale demonstration on September 8.. so stay tuned!
Pat Hanscom's little "Covid cup" is below, on the top left. She said "I ended up using my zester to make this organic pattern on the outside. Even during the pandemic, one can find a zest for life!" And on the top right is Mary Ann Stanley's Kurinuki vase.
Jim Anderson also participated (above, left) and he reported that "I just couldn’t help myself: I was having so much fun… It was so nourishing to have my hands in clay… (I’ll call it Spectacular Buff from now on.) AND, seeing all my Favorite peeps at the same time… (just like old times, the before times). THEN my clay began to look like a “BOX” with all those sweet 90 degree angles and I just couldn’t help myself. Kurinuki FAIL."
[No, we cannot agree on that, Jim - it's very nice, and far from a failure! So you like boxes - what's wrong with that?]
Amy Pitt made the small box with a lid on the right (2 views of it are shown) during the demo rehearsal. She said "For the first time in months, I had FUN. In fact this is the first time I've used that word since the shutdown!"
Gaby Miller has created many beads for jewelry, as well as some very nice ceramic vessels, during these months at home. They're all still waiting for bisque firing.. eventually I expect they will be very colorful! (below, left)
Theresa Kuo reports "If I had a wheel at home, I would throw something, but since we are bereft of my favorite ceramic tool, I am quilting. See the first of several Christmas quilts for our family's kids. I finally succeeded in getting black outlines - this time in a quilt instead of in a bowl's glazed design. Under SIP one cannot be fussy… Life is definitely good! Be well and be safe!" (below, right)
Lucia Tsang sent photos of her beautiful jewelry. Below are three necklaces that she put together recently. She says that all of the ceramic components were made before the studio was closed. The one on the left side has sagger fired beads; the center pendant was high fired; the necklace on the right combines a high fired (the house-shaped piece) and a sagger fired piece (the blue background pendant).
Linda Stoehr's recent projects include two dishes, both beautifully painted with underglaze and waiting for firing (below, top row). Also "a quilt I've been wanting to make for years. Started the first of April, working on the finishing touches now." (second row down on the left)
Terri Snyder: "Here is my ‘Shelter’ painting, done in acrylic. It’s of the cottages in Capitola." Love the colors! (Above, right.)
Meanwhile, Janet Welch has just adopted a lovely older dog, which is keeping her busy! Here is a photo of Janet with her new pet, holding one of her animal portrait plates of a pug - how appropriate! (below, left)
Ana Resnik recently finished this beautiful needlepoint, which she plans to use to cover a pillow. (FYI, Ana commissioned Janet Welch to render her own design onto canvas for this project.) (below, right)
Patty Taylor created her beautiful sculpture "Dreaming of San Francisco SoundBox" before the lockdown. Below are 2 views of it - be sure to look carefully at the back of the head of the sculpture.
Anne Shulenberger made a mixed-media collaged piece with the subject "On the Edge" for one of her Art Tag groups. It was done using the binding of an old book missing its pages. There are two little handmade books glued into it; the title of the blue book is "Black Lives Matter" and that of the black one is "Pandemic." Tiny figures balance precariously on a tightrope between the books. (The inside is shown below, left - the outside of the piece is on the right).
Albert Goldreich reports, "We’re back in Rossmoor - so looking forward to seeing you all and hoping the studio opens soon." Shown below on the left is his "shallow bowl with a thrown foot - 12” in diameter - painted with Mayco mid range glazes - completely food and dishwasher safe." (It was made in Texas, before Albert returned to California.)
One of Lucia Tsang's beautiful tea sets, hand-built with red Navajo Wheel clay, is on the right. (This set was made before the lockdown.)
Drue Kramer has been making small clay sculptures- some of her dancers and faces (all still unfired), are below. They certainly have lots of motion and expression!
Bella Musci recently made a textured hand-built bowl, below left. (It has not been fired.)
Darryla Green has started sculpting a head of a woman, below right.
Anne Shulenberger has been working at home on mixed media & collage projects for her two different Art Tag groups: one on the subject "Storm" and the other on "Waves / Motion." Below are her third (&final) pieces in those two Art Tag cycles. On the left is "In the Storm," which consists of a ceramic tile mounted on an oval painted canvas ( 11" by 14"). On the right is "Waves in Motion," a collage of various materials glued to a painted board (18 " by 24").
Theresa Kuo has been very busy quilting. She says "This is my SIP project to replace another wall hanging... I had lots of fun auditioning fabric for this project. It took 10 weeks from design stage to hanging it on the wall. Suddenly, my mind is filled with different ideas for future quilts. Geronimo!" Love the colors and the movement!
Sally Andersen shares some of her lovely watercolors, and says "I've been busy painting.. Sure do miss the ceramic studio, though! "
From Fred Chen: "I thought it might be interesting to share some funky teapots I made in the past. These are in fact functional. I classify them as tease-pots."
Aren't they great?
Lucia Tsang made a marvelous mobile celebrating her granddaughter, who is now 13 years old. Here's what she says about it: "The squares are watercolor pencil on watercolor paper. I did the pencil drawings when my granddaughter was only one month old. The pieces of the mobile all have the same images on both sides."
Carla Winter-Evans has been enjoying her garden, and sent some lovely photos from there.
Ellie Lannon reports, "Here are two planters I’ve been working on. The one on the right is in progress...the other is complete (but has not yet been fired)."
Meanwhile, Pat Hanscom took an online class with Lynn Wood (through the Sonoma Community Center) and made this very nice textured cylinder vase at home. It has not been fired yet.
Patty Taylor's "collage wall sculpture" (photo on the left below), is finished and now ready for bisque firing. Patty also reports: "Shelter in place has kept me busy designing new jewelry - several necklaces and even a bracelet ." Center Photo: "The orange necklace and the bracelet were made from Air Dry Clay (no need to bisque or fire - it’s very strong), bought online from Michaels. The green & white necklaces were created from my enormous collection of Raku-fired beads." Right photo: "three Summer necklace designs featuring "sand dollar" clay slices in white, with a splash of gray on silver loops.
I am having fun!"
Fred Chen says "Since I cannot throw, I stroll. Idle hands find clay not, but iPhone photo knob."
Left photo: “Hey, slow down! It says 25.” Right photo: “Sharing”
Darryla Green sent us this image of "Eco-prints from local plants in my new outdoor patio dye/clay studio." Left photo, below.
Josephine Wang has been doing more Chinese calligraphy: "Same poem, two ways. The one on right is in the formal style. The other one is more casual. It’s like the difference between print and script. I’ve enjoyed the lockdown. I wouldn’t have resumed calligraphy otherwise. " Right photo, below
Susan Scott is "a member of the new Orientation class that didn't quite finish so I'm not in the roster yet." She has been "taking photos on walks around home (Entry 12 on Golden Rain). The first one (left) is of a tree I love passionately… I had to adjust the exposure to see the face clearly. I visit it daily on my walks. The eye is really there, highlighted by natural light at certain times of the day. It's a broken off branch. The nose and mouth are from a natural knothole." The next two are also wonderful photos - close-ups of nature that resemble abstract paintings.
Anne Shulenberger created the third piece in her "Storm" series (above right) with an oblong ceramic plaque (black, with a sgrafitto'd design) mounted onto an oval canvas.
Janet Welch recently put a marvelous ceramic birdbath that she made, complete with 2 small birds on it, out in her garden area. She also has two new needlepoint designs (on the 2nd row below), which she did on commission. She certainly knows how to stay busy!
Anne Shulenberger has created another little book using an old leather checkbook cover with collaged pages inside. The title is "Waves / Motion / Emotion" and two different sorts of waves are featured in it. The section of tan pages shows people waving their hands (including 2 children wearing surgical masks). The section of blue pages has photos of ocean waves. There are also words in each section: some phrases and some verses.
Carol Medina's pictures are below - some photographs taken on her rambles around Rossmoor and one artwork (bottom right). She says about the artwork: "it is simply crayon scratch board. I am sure many of you have done it in grade school. I gave it as an assignment many a time in my classes with the little ones. Also think I gave it to the adolescents and even once in a while to my adult classes . I always thought it was kinda fun and the kids liked it......."
FYI - here's how you do it: Put layers of various different colors of crayons onto a piece of paper, then a layer of black crayon over everything. Scratch a design with a sharp instrument through it, to reveal the colors. (It will have a black background, of course.)
Terri Snyder has been making a large cylindrical vase, as well as experimenting with watercolors and rubber stamps on cards. Nice work!
And Albert Goldreich has been making more of his colorful & highly textured vases, in his studio in Texas. Inspiring!
Theresa Kuo has spent a lot of time sewing masks recently (below left are a few of them). She asked us to tell you that any CAC members who do not have a mask can contact her to request one.
And Pat Hanscom's photo of "my most recent bread effort" is below on the right. Looks good enough to eat!
Fred Chen reports "I hope many of our ceramic artists saw the super moon on 4/7. If you missed it, here a couple of pictures for your perusal." Wow - almost as good as being there.
Below are 2 views of “Pastel,” Patty Taylor's latest beautiful sculpture, which she created at home during the shutdown It is 13" in height, and sits on a base that's another 6" tall (the base was fired in last year's Pit Fire). The clay is B-mix with grog, and she applied terra sigliatta and stain colors to the surface when the piece was leather hard. Now it's ready to be bisque fired. Patty says "I may either Pit fire or Raku the sculpture."
Anne Shulenberger has used her tablet & several different apps to make a some digital "prints" from photos of flowers taken around Rossmoor. On the left is a clump of narcissus; on the right are poppies.
Darryla Green says "My patio is now a dyeing workshop. Here is a testing sample - I used local plants over madder root on the fabric." (left photo below)
Maggie Michelitch made a wonderful long scarf (shown below on the right) with the help of YouTube videos. There's no end to what you can learn while sheltered at home!
Barbara Wightman reports, "I have a lot in Rossmoor’s garden and I wanted to start seeds at home. I didn’t have any pots, so I made them out of my neighbor’s newspapers. I eventually made 70 pots (shown below on the left) - and all the seeds sprouted!
"The photo on the right shows what I did with some of my scrapbooking paper. I decided to clean out a closet and saw my stacks and stacks of scrapbook paper and wondered what to do with them. So I made some envelopes and then matching cards (unfortunately, I still have stacks and stacks)!"
Sandy Walker sent us these two "pictures of my quilts that I've been working on during this stay-at-home time." Wow - they're wonderful.
Albert Goldreich (still in Texas, alas), has been making some lovely textured vases, 3 of which are shown below.
Phil Kramer has been constructing a small totem pole with individual pieces that go together, all mounted on a pole (below left). It was started before our closure and he's been adding more to it at home. Can hardly wait to see it once everything is colorfully glazed and high fired!
Meanwhile we can see how Drue Kramer has been "filling time waiting to return to the studio (photo on the right). I made the ceramic hat bases in the studio, then decorated them at home with a bunch of craft dough flowers that I made several years ago, and hot glued them all together. These are tiny tiny (and don’t fit my model, sadly)."
No matter - they are terribly cute, aren't they?
Barbara Wightman has been very creative during this time - very inspiring, and all done while recuperating from surgery. Have to say it again: you can't keep a good woman down!
In Barbara's words, "In the first photo (below on the left, with hand painted envelope), I did a watercolor seahorse for my granddaughter’s birthday. She graduated from UC San Marcos (about 30 miles north of SD) and has decided to make her life around that most beautiful part of our state. She’s into everything and anything that has to do with the beach and sea critters. I chose a seahorse because the males do the pregnancy thing and have the babies. I’m not sure, but it may be the only species where the females get a break from bearing the kids."
And on the right: "I made a wreath for my front door. I go walking on our 18-hole golf course every day for about 2 miles (yes, the hip has healed nicely!). I came across a huge eucalyptus limb that had crashed to the ground right next to the path. So for the next day’s walk, I took my clippers and a basket and helped myself to loads of branches. I made quite a mess of my dining room table and carpet, but I did manage to come up with a wreath for my front door. The leaves will eventually dry and curl, giving another effect."
Darryla Green has been sketching with sumi ink and brushes lately. The picture on the left below is of a landscape near her home, done with a brush she bought in Japan last summer. On the right are some of her own hand-made brushes with local gathered seeds.
Below are some ceramic pieces made BEFORE the shutdown. On the left are a selection of Theresa Kuo's wonderful hand-painted bowls, and on the right is a stack of colorful bowls by Nancy Meaden. Just below the bowls are four of Nancy's lovely hand-painted cups.
Albert Goldreich sent us a photo of one of his beautiful vases (left photo). He's currently at work in his studio in Texas, but hopes to be able to come back to California soon, which is good because we really miss him!
[NOTE: on the right is Lucia's book - see below for more information about it]
Lucia Tsang has made an amazing hand-bound book while sheltering at home (see photos above). It has a Coptic binding (her favorite kind), which allows it to lie flat when opened. She used a curved needle and waxed thread to bind it.
Lucia says "The book's title is 'WE' - inside I will write down some simple stories about my husband and me. The shadows on the front cover are mine and my husband's. It will be kind of like a simple 'family tree' book." She wrote the title (in both Chinese and English) on separate clear acetate sheets that protect the front and back covers, which are mono-prints. The covers are made of printmaking paper; the 44 interior pages of drawing paper.
Bella sent some pictures of her tulips and one of the masks she's been sewing. Beautiful!
Fred Chen says "No wheel to turn, no pot to throw, so I turn to bird watching. Keeping the feeder well stocked becomes my daily chore."
Look at those wings - what a great sense of motion!
And from Mel Bricker: "I'm enjoying the creativity of nature interfacing with the pots I created in the studio. It is wonderful to be greeted by both the plants and pots, although the pots are a little hard to see through the foliage. Here are photos of two of our favorite plants that are really blooming right now."
(They look great - but it's too bad we can't see the pots better. They looked really good before anything was planted in them!)
On the left, Terri Snyder with some more of her ceramic works-in-progress - looks like she's having fun! And on the right is a new sculpture that Gaby Miller has started at home. She said it's the first time she's tried making a head, which is quite impressive!
Below are two acrylic paintings by John Rose. On the left are the Hills of Rossmoor. The landscape on the right was done while watching a demo on YouTube - he said that he used a palette knife on the tree. Very nice work!
Chrissie & Hank Fabian each have made some lovely and unique garden ceramics - Hank's is the one on the left, while Chrissie's sculptural pot is on the right.
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Artists at work and play in our studio!