Front Yard Gallery Sale
Hello, welcome to my Front Yard Gallery sale. This summer 2020 has been unusual for most of us. I have had a fine year (in isolation, in the studio) working on new forms and refining some that you've seen before. To offer some of this new work for sale, I've set up a virtual gallery sale in my front yard. I have taken pictures of 101 pieces, numbered and priced them , and catalogued them for easy access and shipping.
Cups - cup forms are pinched from one ball of clay. They are food safe and function well in both your microwave and your dishwasher. This group #s 1-6 are all about a 12 oz. capacity.
This second group #s 7-9, are similar in size, but with different decorating techniques. Number 9 has speckles, caused by the addition of a black sand to the clay body.
More hand bowls. The one on the right is glazed with a Japanese Shino glaze and fired in a wood kiln. See overhead shot below.
This group is a little larger - small serving bowls. See overhead shot below.
Below is a series of Fluted and Stamped Bowls with a variety of glazes. Number 34 is the largest of the group; it is raised up on a pinched foot ring and can serve as a large portion individual bowl or a small serving bowl. Number 35 also has a foot ring; it is stamped with symbols for the planets, moon, and sun. Numbers 36 and 37 are nice examples of the shino glaze when it fires to a warm orange. Numbers 37, 37, and 40 have all been fired in a wood kiln.
Bowls 41-44 are ovoid bowls; they start out by pinching an opening in an ovoid (potato or egg-shaped) ball of clay, and each have their own individual gesture. I think ice cream sundaes when I look at this group. Number 41 would make a nice banana boat or baked potato bowl.
Below is a slide show of the cups and bowls. Just click on it to start.
The three serving bowls below have a soft aqua glaze inside contrasted with an iron stain (which emphasizes the pinched texture) on the outside. They are 9" to 10" wide and can be used as a center piece on a dining room table or coffee table. They can also be used in an oven, microwave and dishwasher. They are a perfect size in which to bake and serve a chicken or make a salad.
Bowls 48 and 49 are similar to the group above, but they are larger (11" or 12").
Footed Bowls - Bowls number 50 and 51 are ovoid serving bowls, raised up on a foot ring. They have wood ash glazes inside and will function well as serving bowls. Like all the other pieces, these will also work well in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. Bowl 52 rests on five lobe forms that continue up to form the shape of the bowl; where they meet inside a 5 pointed star is formed. It has a wood ash glaze inside and a wash on the outside; a truly one of a kind pinched bowl.
Below is a Vertical Basket Vessel. It has been fired in a salt/soda kiln; it has a nice red blush on one handle and a fine network of crackles in the glaze. It's bout 9" tall . The arching lip and sculptural handles make it a very inviting form.
The Basket Forms below have an open, bowl gesture, inviting use. Number 54 is 12" wide. Number 55 is a bit larger, 16" wide and about 9" in depth; it would sit well as a center piece on a large dining room table - it would also make a nice vessel in which to serve a Thanksgiving turkey. This high fired stoneware is strong enough for the handles to carry gather of fresh fruit or a baked chicken to the table.
The grouping below would also fit well as center pieces on a dining room table; as fruit bowls or vessels for displaying seasonal finds from the garden (fruits, vegetables, even little gourds and pumpkins. All three have raised foot rings.
Offering Bowls - Offering bowls have a wide open gesture, like that of a priest or priestess, arms extended wide in supplication, a gesture of offering up or of being open to accept a blessing. Below see asymmetrical Offering Bowl on a raised foot ring. The wood ash glaze inside moves in such a way that it looks like it's still melting in the kiln. It's 16" diameter gives it a strong presence in the gallery or on a table; excellent for use as a fruit bowl or display piece.
Number 60 is another large display piece, with an inviting arched lip and an ovoid shape overall.
Vase Forms below, are excellent for display pieces or as receptacles for flower arranging. I have included a ruler to give an indication of their sizes. Number 64 has a shino glaze and 65 has a wood ash glaze. Both these have been fired in a wood kiln and show the effects of fly ash on their surfaces.
Experimental Pitcher Forms - 66 through 68 are food safe; #67 would be a nice size to hold soy sauce, a hot sauce or syrup.
Experimental Vase Forms - These started out from very different bases and their shapes were discovered as the forms grew.
Little Mother Vases - Vases numbers 71 - 73 are inspired by ancient fertility mother figures, like "Venus of Willendorf". They are a nice size for a small arrangement of cut flowers.
Vase number 78 (below) was inspired by an Art Nouveau Fan Vase. It was fired in a wood kiln, picking up the soft red blushed as gifts from the flame. It is also blessed with a network of fine crackles in the glaze.
Vase number 79 was inspired by a Classical Greek Vase, the kind that were so highly valued that they gave them (as the first trophies) to winners of the ancient games at Olympus. This one has a cobalt blue ash glaze and sits, triumphant, on its raised foot. Both #78 and #79 have very gestural top openings, as seen from above.
Ovoid Covered Jar with Bamboo Locking Lid - This jar has a lid that locks in place with a piece of finished and polished bamboo. The soft color of the bamboo blends well with the glaze colors and textures and the arch of the bamboo adds a nice aesthetic tension. The lid also has a deep flange inside to give it a snug fit to the jar. A nice piece in which to hide something secret.
Handle Vessels - Pieces 81 - 84 all have engaging handles. I enjoy playing with the shapes of handles and the negative spaces they create. The shapes of the handles on 83 and 84 are very close to the classic catenary arch that you see in the St. Louis Arch, and on the Golden Gate Bridge and the famous MacDonalds golden arches.
Spiral Bowl Form - This piece was inspired by the myriad spiral shapes that we find in nature, from crustaceans to opening ferns, to cyclones, hurricanes, water vortexes, even spiral galaxies. I have drawn many different kinds, but I especially enjoy making this, three dimensional representation. This bowl has a nice glossy wood ash glaze caught in the motion of sliding down the inside surface when it was molten in the kiln. It would make a nice center piece for a large table or could stand alone as a display piece. It's over 14" in diameter.
Mother Vases - The ladies in numbers 86 - 88 (front and back) are also inspired by my interest in ancient (prehistoric) fertility mother forms. They function well as vases for taller flowers - zinnias, lilies, gladiolas, etc. The center piece was fired with a glaze, in a wood kiln.
I've done some experimenting over the years with Cluster Forms, inspired by images I saw of tribal African bowls. Forms below are glazed with wood ash glazes and fired in a reduction kiln.
Geometric and Ovoid Vases - These vases are perfect for bringing some fresh cut flowers into the house and arranging them on a table, buffet or dresser to brighten your day. They are about 6" and 11" tall and would accommodate many different kinds of cuttings.
River Bowls - These began as a larger piece, consisting of 130 bowls, in a sculpture garden at the Milwaukee Art Museum, for the Lakefront Festival of the Arts. They were displayed as a meandering river, coming down a hillside. Many people who saw them asked if they could buy individual bowls, so I began to sell them as such. Some folks just get one or two, other people add to their collections, using them in groupings or even forming their own river, depending on what foods they're serving or what kind of space they have for the arrangement. Some people buy a group to give as gifts to a group of siblings or friends. I still enjoy making them and arranging them in different constellations myself; sometimes all one size and sometimes in graduating sizes as a river.
Here is a representative sampling of river bowls. I have more and can make a special order of any sizes and quantities.
Covered Pod Vessel, with Bamboo Locking Lid - I have done a lot of exploring pod forms, using different numbers of lobes (3,4,5,6 being my favorites). Most become either open bowls, closing forms, or bottle vase shapes. On this one the lid has a flange inside that fits it snuggly to the form and a piece of finished and polished bamboo to create tension to hold it in place. It has a wood ash glaze over a wash and a wax rub that accentuates the pinching textures. Its about 16" in diameter, a piece that needs its own display space.