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I made a piece I call "Koi Pond" in 1994 and gave it to a friend (a sensai). Well, I missed that pot and decided to make another. Bigger and more elaborate, of course! I made the piece in 1996 or 97 and because it was so elaborate, I didn't glaze it for years. I recently said I was going to glaze ALL the bisque in the studio, so it was going to get glazed, ready or not. I signed the bottom in June of 99 so that is when I started glazing it. I finished glazing it Sunday and this is how it turned out. You can click on the picture below to see a BIG copy of the pot, but it is a 90+second download on a dial-up.
It is a very dramatic piece. A glazing tour-de-force for high fired clay.
And a few detail pictures. This pic of the bottom of the piece looks like it was taken underwater. A pretty rich looking scene, huh? I wonder what Gregory or Schreckengost would think of this piece?
There are maybe eight frogs on this piece. Here are details of a few of them. The first one is escaping the chaos of the fish bursting through the surface of the pot.
And a couple of frogs lovin'...
And a frog peeking through the surface of the water- a voyeur to the "action" and scene unfolding.
9-5-02 Ok, I am tacking on a few pictures of two pieces I got out of the kiln recently. Both killer pieces. Not yet for sale.
Here's a picture of Moby Dick that you can click on to see it actual size, should you so desire.
And then there is this piece that just stuns me. The beauty of the piece. The sound of the water. I love it. And I stole the image from a painting I saw up in Seattle and I woodblock print I have done by Shotei. Combined the two images and thoughts and came up with this piece titled "The Challenge, the Beauty and the Reverence of Nature. It is actually a working tabletop fountain. You can click on the following image to see it actual size.
And here is a close up on the people "challenged" by the climb to view the "beauty" of the natural scene before them and a couple of the witnesses are kneeling down in "reverence" at what they see before them.
I wonder if someday people will be kneeling before this pot up at the Everson?