Sep 22, 2015

Old rusted metal and Clay

Sounds like a great combination to me! I went to an old building to take few treasures and I found some big rusted nails, probably used to hold something, when I saw them I immediately imagined how they will look with a colorful flower on the top, smooth and vibrant in color in contrast. 
I started working on the first design as soon as got back to the studio
Collecting wild flowers and browsing my archives also helped me to get inspired and this is what I'm making, it is still very raw but soon the flowers will be fired-hopefully tomorrow. 

Sep 18, 2015

Making a simple life

What is living a simple life? you might think it is about minimizing material possessions, I think is living with a clear mind no matter how many "things" you have accumulated. Of course having less clutter and less things to put your energy on simplifies your life - at least for some.

I cleaned my studio, before moving in, I took all seconds, broken, unfinished and unwanted to the trash but what really made a change was to clean out my mind of ideas I couldn't start or finish, sound easy doesn't it? not for an artist who is constantly creating, but in order to bring quality and better results I'm focusing in very few things. Yes, there are still few options since I won't put all my eggs in one basket.

photo by Brian Swope 

My art keeps growing, I wish I have more than 24 hrs a day to make more! there is a sample of what I had been doing lately

Jul 21, 2015

Sketching for multiple purposes

Sketching wasn't my thing, I always preferred to work directly from my mind, now since I had been using my Moleskine notebook to draw while talking on the phone or as a stress release I found some drawing quite useful for clay work, and there you go 

I'm half way to fill my sketchbook now and this great habit is giving me ideas when I need to use it on my clay and have a mind block. 
When on the phone I'm more conscious of using plain paper a good pen or pencil and make sure to keep all my designs in one place. 

Jun 2, 2015

Works in progress and a lot of waiting

I had collected things while hiking or exploring in the old buildings, nature keeps being my main inspiration, specially when it looks so different to what I saw in my tropical country many years ago. 
Those dried branches where somewhere and kept them in a vase until I decided to pull them down and learn its pattern, texture and curves. 
The tile is already cut and dried, along with other tiles. I can't wait for the first firing in this studio, the vents are not installed yet, I must wait, that's ok if something we ceramicists had learned well enough is patience! Meanwhile I keep working on more designs.