Hand Block Prints And Clay

I found this short and beautiful film clip on YouTube recently and thought I’d share it!  It it shows a little bit of India and how wood blocks are made, and used.  It really caught my attention because of the beautiful filming, and the fact that I use these type of blocks in my clay work.

See video here!

I have always liked to use pattern on my pots.  Places I have found pattern have been as far-flung as a lemon zester, to old tap and die tools from a local factory.   A couple of years ago a student of mine gave me some printing blocks from India.  I have used them here and there.  About a year ago I posted some asparagus trays drying, but never posted the finished product.  Here they are again, with the finished product.  I used the blocks for texture on the bottom inside. 

Shoes at the Fuller

 The last of the three wonderful shows to report on from the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Ma.  is the show about shoes. (Brockton was once the shoe capital of the world! )  “The Perfect Fit- Shoes Tell Stories”  featured every sculptural way of interpreting shoes you can imagine… from hundreds of tiny origami high heels, to bronze baby shoes.  The bronze baby shoes being my favorite.  The piece is called Baby Opera, by Judy Haberl (check out her website).  The piece was so intriguing.  When you come upon the piece you first hear the sound of children’s laughter, and the pitter patter of tiny foot steps.  You see hundreds of bronze baby shoes, some ancient looking, most, more modern.  All the shoe openings faced you at eye level,  like all these tiny mouths, telling you their story.  The sculpture held a special place in my heart because my Dad used to sell bronze baby shoes.  As a child I will always remember the sight when my Dad came home from work, carrying a dozen or so baby shoes from his sales calls, ready to be sent to the factory to be bronzed. 

 

The Easter Bread Influence

 Easter was a big holiday, growing up Italian and Catholic.  One of my favorite memories of Easter was making Easter bread.  As a little kid I always felt strong helping my mother knead 10lbs of dough… then I always felt like an artist braiding the dough.  These were my earliest influences in becoming a potter… strength and artistry!

easter-bread

 

Morning News and Tea

I walked out to the mailbox this morning to get the paper, saw the front page and smiled, a big happy grin.  Equal rights for all U.S. citizens is soon on it’s way.  Vermont’s Gay Marriage bill passed, overturning the Governor’s veto.  Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont… there’s hope California!

So, I got my most favorite mug,  made a cup of tea, and read all about it.

morning news

morning news