Thursday, January 21, 2010

Art on A Cup / The Decorated Yunomi

These images are details of Samantha's Yunomis.

Searching around for different ways to decorate my pottery is still a fascinating focus that I have enjoyed since I started in clay. These glazes that Bruce and I have been working with recently have kept our attention, interest, and enthusiasm. They are fluid, rich, sparkly, and can vary from series to series. They have a lot of action jackson to keep us on our toes and our minds occupied. After taking these detailed images of the two Horse Yunomis, they sparked my memory of the Expressionist group called Der Blauer Reiter (The Blue Rider), and the artist Franz Marc. Bruce and I had a conversation about this artist, and when I described the famous Blue Horse painting that Franz Marc created back in the early 1900's he remembered who I was referring too. That afternoon we ran into a Expressionism book at Barnes and Noble that had the Franz Marc's painting on the cover. I like it when a serendipitous occurrence happen like this. We had just come out of the movie theater where we had treated ourselves to the movie Avatar, which we highly recommend seeing while you can on the big screen.

When designing and glazing these Yunomis I was not thinking about the Blue Horse painting, but when I look at the glaze detail they do remind me of his work, though if you were to put them side by side they may look nothing alike. Maybe the only reason that they remind me of the Blue Horse painting is simply because the details are bluish and the image is a horse. Even if that is the only reason, I feel an excitement about pursuing these images and glaze effects.

Too see the images of the Yunomis I sent to AKAR you can visit our Flickr set here.

4 comments: said...

You guys are glaze Gods! These are amazing!!!!! As good as they are,the photos never even come close to what your pieces look like in person, I would love to see these.

Jen Mecca said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts about your glazes. Very neat! All the running reminds me of what I sort of deal with with my very limited glaze selection I use.
Hope you all are keeping warm!

Bulldog Pottery said...

Beautiful Sunny Day, and Max is feeling so much better. Great day to play ball. Glazes are a wonderful mystery and Bruce and I love to see what new ones are around the corner.

Charlotte Rossmann said...

Very beautiful work. In some ways it reminds me of the cave paintings of animals from Lascaux which are also beautiful and subtle in the same way that your images are.