Some current work; Gwendolyn Yoppolo via the Ferrin Gallery
Gwen did a 'working workshop' at Ruby's this weekend - meaning we all got a bag of Babu to knock around. Funny how porcelain can freak people out!
About Gwendolyn's work; I've found no picture to do her pieces any justice at all. The details in her shapes and forms are amazing; and the glaze can only be experienced first hand - it has a velvety lusciousness that would convert anyone - except that she talked about how challenging the glazes are. Her use of microcrystalline-glaze is as much a part of the overall result as the shape and form - a perfect example of a good marriage. Her process is "GLaborious"; such care and indulgence invested in each piece down to the minutest details.
The thing that resonated with me was the discussion of focus being on the inside of a piece. She is very interested in the socio-relationship to the service of food; the process of gathering and the process of serving and the use of the vessel in the ritual of eating, as are all functional potters, I suppose. Gwendolyn described is kind of like a micro-philosophy - the inner world relating to the outer form. The discussion about her primarily focus in building each piece from the inside out was something I had not really heard in this weay before. The end result isn't the driver. Instead of simply jumping to the end; the finished "look" - building, creating, designing is a contemplative exercise to imagine the end from the inside out...
Wow, I donahue-d that eh?
Here she is demonstrating this:
Gwendolyn is currently at the Bray - she talked a lot about the fabulous opportunity to work exclusively in studio to spend a lot of concentrated time on one direction.
What else do you do in Montana!?
And, here's my clunkier model...
It was a great workshop. I got a lot out of it; I'd recommend attending one of her demo's if you have an opportunity.