Bowie Croisant Ceramic Artist Weblog

September 9, 2009

Updated Artist Statement

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Here is an updated artist statement.

It’s been a long time since I posted anything like that, and I intend to do a better job of posting regularly….new images, and current info  YAY!

Here is the statemtent.  I plan to continue tweaking it, let me know if you have any suggestions or reflections!

Inspirations for my designs come from a love of geometry, modern
architecture and farm machinery commonly seen while growing up in
rural southeast Kansas.

3D-CAD software enables me to accurately visualize objects during the
design phase of my process.  I am enthralled by the plastic properties
of clay and the versatility of mold-making, slip-casting and assembly.
Repeated production and reconfiguration of modular elements allows me
to create and continually refine similar, yet unique objects.

Teapots are representative of the pinnacle of functional ceramic
design.  My vessels allude to my early interest in functional
ceramics, while providing a vehicle for sculptural exploration.

The vessels are soda fired to emphasize the edges, planes and corners.  This firing process allows me to manipulate the kiln atmosphere during the firing to achieve varied results, adding to the uniqueness of each individual work.

Here is an image of a pot that came out of the kiln on September 7th.

It makes great use of a flashing slip I had been using called Kazegama Yellow.  To this slip I added 12% of an encapsulated cadmium stain.

The results are:

Just Peachy

Just Peachy

September 3, 2009

Holy Cannoli! Awesome New Work!

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Here are some images of some top notch work I have completed recently.

All of these are slipcast and assembled soda fired porcelain using several different flashing slips to achieve the varied surfaces.

Kendore will be featured in the Epsten Gallery’s Urban Suburban Art Auction held in October.

I will post some other new work very soon as I am kicking some serious butt in the studio in preparation for the Nerman Museum’s Beyond Bounds: GLOW fundraiser auction!

Stay Tuned!

June 15, 2009

Thrown work available for sale!

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Here are some images of some great wheel thrown work that I have made within the last year.  I am currently trying to empty my inventory of such work as I have made a shift from throwing to casting.  I am quite pleased with all of these pots and any of them could be yours for a very reasonable price.  Just contact me if you are interested and we can discuss the prices!

June 5, 2009

New Work

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Here are some new images of recent work!

All are slipcast and assembled porcelain using soda firing and lusters.

April 15, 2009

New work in the Studio

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Here are a few of the new forms I have been working on.

vessels

These cast vessels were altered by repeatedly dropping them onto a plaster slab.  This technique results in some wonderful folds and cracks while allowing me to retain the detail and crispness of the original lines.

wiggle

The second piece was covered in a RedArt slip.  After high firing and sandblasting, I plan to overfill the piece with spray insulation that will then be painted to look like some nasty sludge.

spider1

I’m pretty excited about the last one.  It is the latest from my geometric vessel series.  Thanks to a wonderful suggestion by Ayumi Horie I have begun to integrate the vessel with the stand.

I am planning to fire sometime in the next several weeks, after which I will post some new images of finished work.  In the meantime I will post some new info and my personal reviews/thoughts from some of the many interesting panels/lectures/conversations that I consumed over the last week at NCECA.

April 14, 2009

NCECA 2009 part 1: Sergei Isupov Workshop

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I went to an amazing Sergei Isupove workshop at the Mesa Arts Center on Monday and Tuesday before NCECA.

Here are a few Images from the workshop and the show at the Museum attached to the Arts Center.

A few thoughts/philosophical tidbits from the workshop:

Conflict makes work more alive…vibrating.

The bottom of a piece will sometimes be the selling point.

Get up early, work really hard and advertise(and don’t skimp on photography).

Keep your hands dry or the clay dries faster.

If you feel yourself hesitating, work faster.

Dots are not as scrutinized as lines.

This is just a sampling of the wonderful knowledge and technique shared by Isupov during this two day workshop.

Definitely the best $75 I have ever spent.

March 11, 2009

Show!!!

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I have a show opening this week!

It will be at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.

Here are some images of the work!

The opening will be friday the thirteenth at 5 pm.

January 16, 2009

More New Stuff

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Hey everybody, I have some great new work from a wood firing workshop with Bede Clarke that I participated in a couple months ago.  I’m really excited about this work, it makes me want to have a wood kiln of my own!  =)

Also, Shannon and I finally had our baby!  She was born on January 8th at 3:12 am.  Here is a link to Clarabella’s photo page!

More exciting news!  I entered the following two pieces into the Beyond the Function—International Contemporary Teapot Exhibition that will be at the French Designer Jeweler gallery during NCECA 2009 in Phoenix!!  This will be the first major juried show I have participated in, so I am really pumped about this! A few other artists also featured in this show who’s work blows me away are Gerard Justn Ferrari and Carol Wedemeyer.  Both have work that is totally amazing.  Images for the whole show will be up on the NCECA website sometime in Feburary.

Apakoh,  Wood fired Geometric Vessel, selected for Teapot Show

Apakoh, Wood fired Geometric Vessel, selected for Teapot Show

Second View of Apakoh, wood fired porcelaine with very light application of flashing slips.

Second View of Apakoh, wood fired porcelaine with very light application of flashing slips.

too-sided-b1

Geometric Vessel with simple but effective decoration: Red Art clay applied to leather-hard clay as a slip, wood-fired and sanded post-firing.

wiggle

Globe/Elbow Form What do you think? Please leave me some comments about this form. I would really like some feedback. Thanks!

Ovaled Elbow Form

Ovaled Elbow Form

Two Globes from the wood firing. I plan to create some stands for these to rest on in order to elevate them and put them out into space.

Two Globes from the wood firing. I plan to create some stands for these to rest on in order to elevate them and put them out into space.

bud-vases

Narrow Bud Vases created from the Duct Elbow mold I have been working with.

Stacked Bud Vase residual soda fired, then refired in wood kiln with applied ash/neph sy mixture.

Stacked Bud Vase residual soda fired, then refired in wood kiln with applied ash/neph sy mixture.

The walls of this piece were poured onto each side using a plaster slab.  The two halves were then reattached.  A new technique that I plan to continue exploring.

The walls of this piece were poured onto each side using a plaster slab. The two halves were then reattached. A new technique that I plan to continue exploring.

warmth

This piece was glazed at Bede's but didn't make it into his kiln. It travelled back from Columbia to Kansas City, and then survived a stack collapse disaster in Red Star's big Geil Kiln! What a winner!

October 27, 2008

A Much Awaited Update – Finally Some New Work!!!

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Wow it’s been a while since I updated this site, I will do my best to be more timely in the future.

Fortunately, I have some great new stuff to show you now, and an update on me!

First off, news:

Shannon and I are having a baby…  SOON!  only two months away now, holy crap we’re excited!

I have been enjoying my time as a Resident Artist at Red Star Studios.  Doing lots of slipcasting, creating some very interesting vessel forms.

I have begun teaching an after school elementary ceramics class at Mattie Rhodes Art Center.  Very fun, kids from kindergarten up to 7th grade.  I will post some student work soon.  A lot of it is quite good.

Now I will treat you to some tantalizing new images of top quality slipcast ceramic art!

Stacked Container

Abraised Form with Red Iron Oxide Decoration

Porcelaine Composite Vase with Wood Ash/Feldspar and Residual Soda

Altered Vase

More to come soon.

Please, Please, Please leave comments…   Any criticism/commentary you provide helps me to improve my work.

Thank you for your interest.

May 4, 2008

Exciting New Finished Work

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I finally have some images of the finished slipcast teapots I have been working on this semester!

Its always amazing how complex we sometimes make things for ourselves. Several of these pieces have very simple surface treatments that are highly effective.

I am pretty excited about these, let me know what you think!

Red Iron Oxide Rubbed into Texture, Soda Fired

Cedar Heights Fireclay applied as Slip, Soda Fired

Gold Luster Applied over bare clay, Custer Feldspar in gloss areas

Here are several other pieces that I recently fired in KCAI’s soda kiln “Bada Bing”

Soda fired work. The piece on the far right shows a new technique I began using to glaze the entire surface of the pot except small areas where wads are placed. This adds a nice decorative element to the underside of the piece and shows that there is attention being paid to an easily overlooked part of atmospheric firing: creative wad placement.

In soda, salt or wood firing, it is necessary to place your work on small pads of wadding (I use a 1:1mix of EPK and Alumina Hydrate). The reason for this procedure is that various compounds such as ash or sodium flow through the kiln during the firing, landing on your work. If it was not stilted on a sodium resistant material (alumina) the work may fuse to the kiln shelf, causing the foot to be chipped or broken when removing the work.

Well, thats about all I’ve got for right now, I’ll try to take some pictures of my work set up for our final critique on Monday. I will have a little more work that is being salt fired at this very moment!!!

Also, I mixed up a test batch for a clay body given to me by Val Cushing. It is flame ware, meaning that it has no thermal expansion and after firing can withstand direct flame. This means that pieces of this clay can be melted and brazed together without affecting the other areas. I am very excited to explore the properties of this new material!!! Thanks Val!

Peace!

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