The start of this project was a desire to create from clay, and a need to add a technical aspect. After a lot of thinking, I knew I was going to make a fountain series. I let the medium direct the subject matter. What interacts with water? Well, all of life: plants, animals humans. That was my starting point.Animals
Buddy the dog is my nephew (so to speak). He is loving, energetic, and always hungry, as all dogs are. I used him as a starting point. Hence, the drooling dog named buddy. My dog fountain was so much fun to sculpt. I remember thinking it felt just like petting a dog once I got his form, and it helped to close my eyes and imagine I really was petting a dog to get proportions and shape. I can now say fairly confidently that when God was sculpting the first dogs, he probably had to pause to say, “Now THIS is gonna be a cute one.”
I always see this article that ceramicists really know how to deal with failure. The author cites a ceramicist’s complete lack of control at certain stages of building, such as firing and firing after painting.
Here is another one: a cat in a studio. Piper, the cat, decided to lovingly rub against my Boy Watering Flowers, and it broke his poor little arm. Turns out, this gave me the flexibility I needed to install the “plumbing” for the fountain. Upsetting initially, then a success from a failure.
For this installment, really considered how humans interact with water. I thought about the fact that we need it to survive. Then, I realized how uncomfortable we find it. That’s why this focuses on how we do our best to avoid it: a raincoat and an umbrella (also these pictures feature the cat that broke my boy’s arm).