I started this blog to give a little background/insider info about my studio art, but it’s ended up being about a lot more: gardens and mice, people, places, frustrations and ideas. Writing about the things that interest me (and hopefully others) has helped define my own motivation for making art and remind me that… I’m just this way. I can work in an office sometimes to pay the bills, but my heart and hands will always want to be engaged in the creative process. Today as I sat out by the pond early in the morning watching the humming birds wrangle over the feeder (those Rufous are such bullies!), I realized how lucky I am to be able to do that, to interface with life and beauty every day and then translate it in the studio. And, of course, beautiful things are everywhere. Here are some photos from the garden offerings this week, and one of the commission pieces I’m working on.
If I were a jeweler, I’d make things that look like this, or the honeysuckle or apricots.
Who would’ve thought when I started making the Smallpurpose Dish, they would be the perfect size for two dead humming birds! The poor things sometimes get stuck in the studio when I’m not there (must remember to close to door) and I think they die of exhaustion. They need to feed 5-8 times per hour to stay active and gain a little weight to sustain them through the night. Although there are an estimated 338 species of hummers (varying wildly in size from 2 1/4″ to 8 1/2″ long) only 16 migrate to the US from Central & South America during the summertime. I think we have 6 or 8 species here in New Mexico. I found one of these recently, the other last winter. Strangely, there is no odor at all as they decay, which confirms my suspicion that they’re composed mostly of air.
As for work inside the studio, here is a picture of the 17th c. dish Joel Peter has commissioned
and here are my renditions drying on the table, each slightly different in size and proportion. It’s a funny little dish. I wonder what the pouring spout was for? I’m also working on a large-ish vase that gave me some trouble. I started it twice but I could tell the angle was off in the beginning so instead of collapsing them, I turned them into planters for the garden (aaah, more plants!). I’ll post pictures as they are completed later this week.