After the First Storm

The wind blew, I took the breath,

the house fell, and off we went.

Into the dead grey city, to learn more about persistence.

Here in Syracuse Molly and I have been struggling to adapt from our move. No longer do I have a nice paying job. No longer do Molly and I have our afternoons. No longer is a peaceful moment, peaceful. For I am in Graduate School where I am not allowed to make assertions in the form of words where demonstrable truth comes only in the form of shaped matter. No longer can I call clay, clay, the sculptors of time, space, and concept have created a tautology that they themselves cannot admit. But, what is strength when you have nothing to be strong in response to? The first semester has passed, I have a 4.0GPA, I am happy. Molly has finished her first semester for her MBA, she has a 4.0, oh yeah. I have finally figured out how all the chemicals and the kilns work here in Syracuse, Nice. I have realized that I am lucky to have come to such a great program, the professors are wise and fair, which is like hitting the lotto, really it is. I was the Teaching Assistant to the Plaster/Mold making class and it was awesome, I learned that one needs to be extremely explicit when giving instruction to college students, as they come from different backgrounds. I was congratulated on a job well done and that made me feel like I can really teach lots and lots of folks when I become a professor. Also, I have created a new forming style that uses all of the techniques I have learned in creating plaster prototypes and combined them into a really hard way of making utilitarian objects, but it is worth it. Oh yeah, I am the press secretary of the Clay Club and am in charge of all media that is distributed during the year. It is awesome. Finally, I am on the cusp on creating the most beautiful things I have ever made, because they are beautiful and they are useful, and they can make you feel something, and they say something, and they surprise you, and they come home with you, and they can help the community. My goal next semester is to inspire if only a little.

The day has finally come, I can shape clay like no one else has, may my name be forgotten and my pieces be remembered, that is all I hope for things that I make.

The Aether Series

After many tests in the studio I have made a magnetic cup that repels itself and is at the same time tethered to itself with a minimum of three steel cables. This then gives me a levitation with a mechanical restraint, or pseudo levitation. This means that I can create a floating composition.

Perhaps if I don’t get to graduate school this year then I will submit this series. I believe it to be the best single object that I can make. Imagine a cup that scares you because it is familiar and yet completely strange at the same time. Usable and Poetic. It broke my heart the first time I saw it complete, the reason being that it opened up a world of symbols and new compositions.

The best that I can make is but a dream, it is a piece of art that produces electricity through volunteerism from the audience. The electricity then is used to power the cafe where I will be making nice coffees or teas served with baked goods. I will then record the amount of energy each item in the cafe to show the audience that we all need each other to be happy.
One fear that I have is this:
MAY THE CERAMIC WORLD NOT ABANDON FUNCTION IN PURSUIT OF VALIDATION FROM THE ART WORLD. OR ELSE I WILL FIGHT IT, AND I WILL WIN, SOCIETY IS BUILT ON FUNCTION AND AS LONG AS THERE IS SOCIETY I WILL HAVE THE UPPER HAND. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED ART WORLD.

Show Opening!

Mix It Up

Artworks by DAVA staff

Opening Reception: February 28th, 4:30-7:30 pm

With a performance by Catur Eka Santi, a gamelan ensemble of four, including DAVA staff Frankie Anderson, at 5 pm and at 6 pm during the opening.

Exhibit open from February 28th to March 21st, 2013.

Everyone’s personal experience at DAVA contributes to the diversity of mediums and concepts taught in programs. This exhibition includes works in a variety of media by DAVA’s teaching staff Viviane Le Courtois, Krista Robinson, Luzia Ornelas, Alberto Veronica, Rudi Monterosso, Jessica Gross and Marta Flores. Volunteers Dan Four Thunders and Molly Jones add to the mix. The exhibition includes works in a wide range of media, including ceramic, sculpture, fiber art, painting and video installation. This is a rare opportunity to meet and view works by DAVA staff, all of whom are professional working artists working alongside youth.

All staff influence DAVA students through teaching and mentoring. In turn, all are inspired by students on a variety of ways. Viviane Le Courtois will exhibit crochet and candy sculptures commenting on obesity and nutrition while Dan Four Thunders will comment on substance abuse issues among Native Americans. Alberto Veronica and Molly Jones, will present new functional works in clay. Through an interactive video installation, Luzia Ornelas presents her focus on interactive digital media. Marta Flores recycles materials and crochet in elaborate purses and belts. The high level of experimentation and sharing contributes to the daily creative atmosphere at DAVA

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am-5pm, or by appointment

DAVA is located at 1405 Florence St., Aurora CO 80010

For more information, call DAVA at 303 367 5886 or visit www.davarts.org

above: ceramic by Alberto Veronica and painting by Rudi Monterosso.

Test Results

I would like to give you the good news. I have finally been able to create a turquoise crystal on a black background. It looks amazing. I also created a golden yellow crystal on a black background. All other test showed interesting silvery square crystals. I will now up the temperature and drop the colorants within the slip. It is very exciting. However I have hurt my back, I think I pushed myself last week and the universe is taking back what I took from it. I’ll post pictures of the pieces I make after the adjustments.

The Moonlight series is coming……

Break Time at work. Autumn

There is nothing better than sipping tea and realizing that you need to go to the supply store for your clay projects. Since I have little to no supplies I’ll finish trimming the last bowls for a commission that I have, and then surf the internet. Tomorrow my black porcelain test tiles will be out of the kiln so maybe I can redesign my formulas.
During the Day I am an administrative assistant/ Art teacher, I teach an average of 25.5 kids a day, for 2-3 hours, its nice. Kids are hilarious.

The leaves rustled in the wind as they pass outside my window. Outside my window is a parking lot with landscape and a large dragon sculpture. Inside this building that I work in I help this community everyday. Everyday the leaves turn brighter, and everyday more and more of them come down to make large piles on the sidewalk. Autumn is so nice.

Test results

Recently I have been trying to get a white, light blue-green, light yellow gold, and blue crystal on a black background. I am talking about crystalline glaze here, the reason why? Is because my next series is called the “Moonlight”. 

In the moonlight everything has a blue tint to it, even the snow as it falls. That’s what I want to accomplish, a way to say “snow falling in the moonlight” by visually describing it.

Formulating the 2nd and 3rd layers of space is hard work. But I have made 10 black porcelain test tiles and am ready to start again. The first test had a bad control due to temperature loss. Next week I might make history, the first to make a yellow crystal on a black background, I am soooooo excited, but I am sooooooo tired. I work too much. Recently I have added a new student to my schedule, now I have five.

On another note, I have come up with a levitating cup using permanent magnets but am unable to bring myself to make it. I can feel the universe yelling at me for taking the idea before I was suppose to.

The super technique is my main goal, the technique that turns ceramic techniques into symbols that are more accurate than word and letters. I must first master the Moonlight, then I will be able to get closer to my goal.

THE LEAVES OF FALL REMIND ME THAT TIME IS PASSING, THAT DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING, THAT BEING BUSY IS AMBIVALENT AND THAT EVERLASTING HOPE IS SOMETHING THAT IS GIVEN. BLESSED ARE THE AUTUMN LEAVES FOR THEY ARE MANY COLORS AND LACK DEFINITION.