Sunday, January 10, 2010

Art on A Cup / The Decorated Yunomi

This past week we shipped our Yunomis to AKAR's Yunmoi Invitational, which opens online on March 26 and continues through April 16, 2010. Around 200 potters have been selected to send 5 Yunomi's each. We find this show always fun to participate in, and we look forward to seeing the other potter's Yunomis. If you have not purchased from AKAR yet, it is a wise idea to sign up on their website before the show opens, and be ready-because this is a very popular exhibition.
On one of Bruce's cups, he played around with collaging skulls with the bodies of seahorses. This method in the clay world is called sprigging, and has been done throughout clay history. One ceramic artist that comes to mind that worked this method wonderfully is Palissy. He is from France, and made some really wild and cool stuff back in the 1500's which spawned a whole bunch of emulators. We found a website about him that explains some history and links to various museums that have his work in their collections. There are also a couple of good books about Palissy and the Palissy "School" of work.
We have added images of Bruce's Yunomis to our Flicker page. I had fun taking detailed images of the Yunomis this year. There are some characteristics of our glazes I think really benefit from closeups, such as the iridescence that you see on the fossil fish detail.

We will post Samantha's Yunomis later this week.


Ron said...

Just clicked back over from the Flickr page. Really sweet yunomis!


Beautiful work, and being a spider-lover, I really like the spider decoration in your first photo.

Linda Starr said...

So much detail in your sprigs, lovely.

Bulldog Pottery said...

Thank you for you compliments.
I really like the watercolor effect that the closeup alludes too.

jimgottuso said...

beautiful yunomis... it's gonna be another great show this year