I'd like to use this post to introduce three of them, and to say a bit about why and how they have, and continue to, inspire me. Only one is a potter.
|Letting the Clay Show Naturally|
His story and aesthetic, in brief
Isn't it noteworthy that he has revived an ancient tradition, yet forges ahead into the most modern venues, online? He is very easy to find, and has a FaceBook page. There, he tells more of his journey. It's extremely interesting and thought-provoking.
I am always aware that ceramic work is a world that exists between earth and glass. Glaze, itself, is a form of glass. As a result, both arts--ceramic and glasswork--share quite a bit of common ground.
I admire Kristin Gudjonsdottir because her work is so original. She often combines glass and clay. She has also improvised many of her own tools and methods and readily shares them on her website: http://art.net/~stina/FAQ.html
My glass tiles with inclusions were inspired by her work, as were these two glass torsos. The bisque molds I made for the torsos were an improvisation on Gudjonsdottirs' own improvised molds.
It also attracts me that many of her large-scale pieces resemble jewelry: http://art.net/~stina/Workmadein94.html
Alla Sviridenko, a silk painter, caught my attention with this statement
"I immediately set to work, experimenting a lot, spoiling plenty of silk but it was nothing. I was making progress, I knew it, but most important was that feeling of satisfaction in my work."
She is one more artist who started with no tradition to support her, no information readily available. Living in Belarus, she had to travel all the way to Moscow to buy her silk painting supplies and had to find her own way--by trial and error--learning with her eyes from the finished work of others.
In the beginning, I had a hard time with my mistakes, and the "waste" they represented. Her words gave me a lot of freedom and truly let me feel that waste was a natural and important part of the process. Her results also gave me a lot of hope that my own waste and efforts in self-education would not be in vain.
The color-freedom and "wasted paper" torn designs of my packaging were inspired by her words.
These three artists are very strong influences on my outlook, my values, and my process. I encourage you to look further into their pages--they are rich.