This year has been a busy one. It is my last year as President of the Philadelphia Skating Club and I am feeling pulled ever more into the studio but, all too often, club demands pull me out.
Nevertheless I managed to embark on a new body of work that started with the idea of applying to the Small Favors Show at the Clay Studio. The requirements were that the work fit into a 4 x 4 x 4 inch plexiglass box. I had been playing around with lacy skirts on my forms – dust ruffles was the latest name given by a visitor though I’m not sure I like that one! – that I have been piercing and slip trailing. I began by creating a small flower brick that soon became filled with flowers. It was a stone’s throw to do the same thing with little vases that I had made. It seemed that I had transformed my painted floral designs and made them three dimensional. This is something that I have tried before, having made tureens with flowers and grapes laying across the lids and handles. But these were something entirely different while using the same idea. In the end, their finished sizes were 4.25 inches, a scant quarter of inch larger than the plexiglass box so they didn’t fit! Oh well there is always next year!
Also this year I applied to Tabletop 2014 at The Art League in Alexandria VA and my compote with 4 dishes was accepted. Success.
Next came The Joy of Drinking National Juried Competition, Phoenix Fired Art, Joplin, MO. Pink Mug was accepted and sold the opening night. I received a card from the Heather the manager who said they could have sold my mug again and again. Dare I think I am on a roll?
Then I sent two sets of dinnerware and Dancing Vase to Dining In: An Artful Experience VII, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX
Blue Yunomi was accepted to The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, juried by Linda Arbuckle.
Peach Yunomi was accepted into the Biennial Cup Show at Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL, juried by Matt Schiemann
And last but by no means least, Mark Hewitt juried a show called Containment: Lidded Forms that will be at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, February 26 – April 9, 2015. I had yet to get my Follies into a show but persevered with this new work and made three covered jars, reticulated, slip trailed, lids flowing over with flowers and two were accepted. (Oval Boudoir Box not accepted!)
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
All photos by John Carlano http://www.johncarlanofineart.com