Friday, March 17, 2017

MOVING ON

Forces beyond my control are causing a change of place for me. Now, that think I about it, it will be a very positive move. In the midst of the packing I felt strongly about bringing this piece to life...somehow, within all the chaos of my life, this piece took shape and made it through the firing process. It's about moving forward and the title is...Straight on Till Morning.
 
 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER

It's mid January and even sunny California is cold and wet. I'm trying out some ideas in maquette form and the clay feels like creamy (sticky) peanut butter. It comes out of the bag that way. How does the clay inside the bag know that it's cold and wet everywhere?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE

I just spent several weeks on a piece only to find that I had tried to sculpt this idea about a year ago. The older one is in my garden and as I was finishing up the new piece, I realized that I had been there before.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NEW WAVES

I just finished up a series of wave sculptures...some have horses within the wave and some have human forms. They are waiting for a photo session.
My photographer will do the official photos, but I need an image so I can keep my files up to date. I saw them all lined up here and it made an interesting shot.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WORK SHOP AT QUYLE KILNS

June 25th and 26th I am teaching a paperclay workshop up at the very scenic and relaxing Quyle Kiln Studio just above Murphy's, CA
I am offering this to anyone who loves the way clay can express itself....beginners and old hands are all welcome.
Email Pam Quyle (quylekilns!yahoo.com or myself (michele@burningclay.com) We will send the full info.

Monday, May 23, 2016

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

This is probably the last of my "Horses in the Surf" series...for now, anyway. I used these pieces as an exploration of color, using under-glazes with oxides (or porcelain slip) to knock down the vibrant primary colors. I learned a lot here that I can take to my human forms.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HORSES AND THE SURF

I was traveling north on CA Hwy 1...the surf was wild and the sun was out. I almost drove off the road. I was so moved by what I saw...a true force of nature. The surf was storm-driven and the sunshine was only a temporary condition. When I got to my destination, I ripped up the grocery bags I had with me to make sketches (probably the first time I did not have my trusty sketchbook) The explosion of surf as it pummeled the sea stacks seems to suggest entities. (I'm sure I'm not the first to see this apparition) At first I sketched figures because this has been my subject matter for a very long time. I finally gave up and admitted that was I saw (and felt) were horses pounding though the surf. So I'm following the muse right now to sculpt what I saw. it's a learning experience!