my kids/tweens handbuilding pottery class students with 2nd project - slab mugs, impressed with plant material. handles are twisted ropes of clay that you can't see.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
kids / tweens handbuilding pottery class, northern manhattan, new york city, washington heights, inwood
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 6:52 AM
Saturday, October 6, 2012
graffiti seen on new york city dumpster. the graffiti was mostly words, and the heart was not intended by my collaborator. i framed in the taking, then altered w/software to create this composition.
All of my creative energy is going into our house renovation, teaching, and snapping iPhone photos on the street between errands and jobs.
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 4:52 AM
Saturday, September 29, 2012
|impressionistic naturescape photo collage|
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 3:47 AM
Saturday, September 15, 2012
3 moons - rust & old peeling paint composition - seen on historic building on main street last night in downtown yonkers
I can't help but think of change when we're transitioning from one season to the next, as we are now in New York.
"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
- Harold Wilson
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 6:53 AM
Friday, September 7, 2012
ceramic stoneware birdbath, greenware state, not refined, fired or glazed yet
The creative juices are starting to flow again after a long dormant spell. Thankfully, I don't fight the dormant spells as I used to. I do try to keep myself engaged with clay and in the process of making, but I'm pretty good at not punishing myself when there are no fruits born from my efforts. I know everything changes and that I will make something pleasing and worth sharing with the world eventually.
I'm working on this ceramic birdbath, pinched and coiled, for our backyard. I wish I'd used either a groggier sculpture clay or a paper clay, so I wouldn't have to worry about its prospects during firing. Oh well, I will execute it again if the kiln gods don't see it through in one piece. *Update 5/2/13: It made it through 2 firings. Here it is.
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 5:40 AM
Saturday, September 1, 2012
red-stemmed swiss chard growing in our backyard garden
I share the quote below because it really resonates with me and describes the strong experience of familiarity I feel with clay, and reminds me that in Hebrew the word for man (or "red/blood" man) -- adam -- is derived from (or grown into) the word for earth (or "red/blood" ground) -- adamah. Adamah is feminine. Adam is masculine.
"It's awkward to talk about a 'relationship with nature,' because the statement itself implies that nature is something different or separated from us. The roots of sustainable culture are in experiences where we are neither opposing nature nor trying to be in communion with it, but rather finding ourselves within it."
- Jonathan White
- Jonathan White
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 8:42 AM
Thursday, August 30, 2012
beach combing on portland, oregon coast
Ambivalent to horrified by the well-known subject matter and story line of Vladamir Nabokov's, "Lolita," which I'm reading now, I am impressed by the author's agile writing, astute observational skills, immense vocabulary, and seeming psychological insight into the human condition.
I marked this knowing quote this morning:
"How queer life is! We hasten to alienate the very fates we intended to woo."
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 7:30 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
top to bottom: punch bowl falls, columbia river gorge, oregon, buddha relic, japanese garden, portland, oregon
I snapped very few photos on our recent trip to Portland, Oregon because I wanted to savor every detail of its entire lush green, gentling beauty.
I'm sure this amazing state will find her way into my future pottery makings.
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 7:15 AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
a few ceramic pieces out of the kiln kind of recently - handmade (pinched!) stoneware for the home and garden
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 10:08 AM
3/4/12 - close-up of drums and other instruments at the music inn in new york city's west village
My father passed away a week after my last post. We are undergoing a gut renovation of most of the first floor of our new home. I continue to teach my weekly pottery class and I'm just beginning to feel the desire to put my hands in clay again. I'm working on a 2-piece birdbath for our backyard. Most of my ideas for making ceramic pieces these days are related to our home and gardening.
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 9:55 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
student pottery, clockwise from top left: Luisa D'iorio, Carolina Velez-Grau, Luisa D'iorio, Sherry Adams
I love teaching my Tuesday evening hand-building pottery class at Cornerstone Pottery Studio, as much for the friendships and community that have evolved over the years, as for the fine clay work and creativity exhibited.
After a month-long winter hiatus, we return to class tonight and I can't wait to catch up with my peeps!
Posted by Yonkers Pottery at 4:50 AM