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  • Rust as Teacher

    On: June 27, 2017
    In: Artmaking, Creativity, Studio Journal
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    ceramic shot-up rusty conetop beer cans

     

    In our Summer Studio Journal Re-Runs, let’s revisit this post from September 1, 2011 which is essentially a paean to the well-examined rusty surface. It seems the more one looks at rust, the more one sees and the deeper the story it tells. Even now, as my work is moving in other directions, the things I have learned from trying to recreate the tastiest rusty surfaces stay with me and continue to whisper. I still relish rust! Let’s see how it began.

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  • Wabi-sabi and the Two Leonards

    On: February 23, 2017
    In: Artmaking, Creativity, Studio Journal
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    Small hand formed wabi sabi ceramic bowl.

    Henpecked Bowl XXXII, Liz Crain, 2017

     

    Wabi-sabi is not Shabby Chic. It is not trendy, modern or even post-modern. Not a theory, movement, aesthetic, philosophy, religion, art, process or product. And, then again, it can be and has been¬†all these. The separate meanings of the two Japanese words have changed over the centuries and their yoked-hyphenated concept morphs easily, especially when applied. But expressing it has a certain fatal pull for me so I’ve decided to just go all in.

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