Thursday, February 19, 2009

Even more bottles and some pots....

Still working on the bottles.
Still making bottles.
It's time to make the bottles......
Sigh, every time I start one of these assignments for myself, I forget how it feels in the middle.
I lose the initial inspiration.
Grouchiness claims me and I protest to myself that I am tired and that I will have these bottles sitting around for years. I struggle and procrastinate. I cuss a lot and find the littlest distraction an excuse to get out of the studio.



But then something amazing happens.
I have a break through.
This is the reason for doing these seemingly insane assignments.
There is always some movement from within, some new insight into form and design, some new sense of the material I work with everyday.
And finally, I get this surge of love and appreciation for clay and I realize how much dirt means to me.
YAY! CLAY!




16 comments:

Undaunted said...

Wow! How do you churn these out so quickly with so much detail? You're amazing! I love the bowl that tells a story.

I know what you mean about the clay - I was feeling that way about the polar bear just a few nights ago, especially when it wasn't going to plan! And then everything starts going right again and the aching shoulders seem worth it :)

bindu said...

Fantastic, as usual! I love the last one of the round bottom with the narrow neck, and the leaves and crows. And all the rest too.

ArtSparker said...

Those are splendid. Strangely similar to making woodblocks too.

BLACK AND WHITE said...

wow, ...stunning works!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh I know how you feel when you get to the middle of a project... that is how I used to feel when I sewed most all of my clothes.. 1/2 way through I hated the whole thing.. then I felt like if I wasted this material I'd freak.. so I would work even harder to make them better and I usually liked how they ended up.. and would wear them till the wore out... I am so cheap!!!! no I mean Frugal.. haha...

I really am enjoying your bottles.. they are so beautiful.. What an amazing productive Artist you are!!

painter girl said...

Hey Un D,
thanks so much!
It seems I have finally come around again to being really excited about this project and I can't wait to get to work. The ebb and flow again. I am riding the flow knowing the ebb will be not so far away.

You are definitely on the flow too with your wonderful sculpture of Mr. Polar Bear.
Can't wait to see him finished.


You are so sweet Bindu. Thank you.

Thanks for stopping by Art Speaker. You are so right. They are a lot like wood block printing except you have to think exactly backwards. I always mess up when I change back to making prints.

Thank you Black and White!

Wow! Gwen....you make clothes too. YOU are the amazing productive artist. I am always astounded with all that you and your husband do.
Y'all rock!

Jacky said...

These bottles are gorgeous....have a real African feel about them.

Love your pots too. Always a special spot for the ravens/birds.

This is an amazing project you have undertaken. I am enjoying all of your bottles!

lynne h said...

oh my, leanne... these LOOK inspired!!!

Robyn said...

I'm so glad you are pushing through the grumpy spell because I love visiting your blog to see what new bottle designs you come up with. I love them all! The bowls are amazing too.

rivergardenstudio said...

I love your work in clay! The tall skinny bottle is amazing, I love the shape and the tilt. Do you hand build or work on the wheel? I wish I could take a class from you... and in the last photo of the bowl and bottle your birds and leaves are beautiful... thanks, Roxanne

grrl+dog said...

cant wait to see your mushies,.. hope you label them so people will "get" them.

cheers!

madsilence said...

You have such an interesting style - we can clearly see your experiment into Greek style, but it has such an original energy! These are both primitive and sophisticated that carries a feeling of soul that I think a lot of modern art lacks <3
~MS the Younger

painter girl said...

Thanks Jacky and Lynne,
Your words are so encouraging.

Hey Robyn,
It is funny how hard we have to push through the resistance to get to the good stuff. I am so glad that you are enjoying the bottles.

You are too sweet Roxanne!
I usually throw the pieces but have been investigating making bigger tilted and reconstructed bottles. In doing this I have been doing more hand building which I love. I wish we lived closer because I wold love to teach you but even more I would love to Learn from You!

Hey Grrl,
Mushies are tagged and ready to go.

Thank you so much Ms the younger,
I have been pushing my limits for design this year hoping to get to some new forms and expression. Your words inspire me even more!

queencraftygirl said...

Oh! Such pretty bottles, Aunt Leanne!

Love you lots,
Queeny

Dave King said...

A lovely ramble through a fascinating blog. I can't wait for the next visit.

painter girl said...

Thanks Queeny Girl!

So glad you could stop by Dave.
Come back soon.

Leanne