You calling me yella?

It’s been 4 years since I got my yella Ray Bans. I think I need an eye exam and new glasses. I do love yella but I’m thinking I love blue too. This is much to spite Barb Murphy who I can never publicly agree with. It’s a joke Barb so no poison pen letters.  We’ll have a drink together next Saturday at Bon Feu a show we have all been working hard towards.
I’m considering transparent and blue frames. A man can never be too predictable.
I was delivering The Cactus Lounge Flame Throwers pots to Shane Norrie Contemporary and a wood fire potter friend came in and said of my pots “Are they wood fired? They don’t look like it!” This was music to my ears. The highest compliment I ever get is “ Your pottery doesn’t look like pottery! Now to get your wood fired pottery doesn’t look wood fired is further icing on the cake. Does it have to be brown? Does it have to be ash and flash?
I also want to explain “erosion”. Dennis Allen commented that these edges look razor sharp. Yes they are and intentionally so. Further disdain for the Guilds standards committee.
I made these edges paper thin knowing that the wood kiln would further eat away at the surface making them even thinner yet. These are not kitchen pots that you put to your lips or handle on a daily basis. They are like the thorn on a rose. “But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose”- Anne Bronte

So here are a couple of yella vazzes and a Double Bubble and a rutile casting silp from The Champ- Cassius Clay. The kiln is seasoned. The crew is hard core dependable!! It’s going to be fun to see a bunch of different kilns represented next week in Stratford. For me Cassius Clay is still the greatest dancer and the undisputed Champion of the World. Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.


Anonymous said…
I can't say that I have studied art focused on or specific to the world of ceramics to any great degree but the examination of art has been my deep passion since as early as I can remember. Art, I mean the real deal, affects me in a very visceral way not unlike a pubescent boy getting that fluttering in his gut when he first realizes that girls occupy the planet and never gets over it. I recognize art when I see it or hear it largely because because I have a visceral reaction to it. It has been a blessing and a curse.
The first time that I became aware that ceramics could occupy the realm of high art was when I walked into a Hans Coper and Lucie Rie exhibition and was gobsmacked! by the work. I can't remember if the exhibition was at the AGO, The Gardiner or the ROM, one of those and it was very early in my education.I started to pay more attention to the medium from that point on. My reaction to their work was visceral.
It's conceited of me to say but I know the difference between good and great and when a work in any medium crosses that line, bares its soul and tells you everything you ever needed to know or is worth knowing.
Phew! pretty melodramatic, I'm glad I got that off my chest and it's a long way to the point this; BUT HOLY S%#T!!! if the pictures of your pieces you posted here hold up in the round, you've crossed the f#$king line this time Batman!!. Pretty scary, how do you get back from there alive. Congratulations, way to go.
smokieclennell said…
Well thank you DH. I always say ya can shit the fans but not the players. I am thrilled you like my work as I am a fan of yours. The Cactus Lounge Flame Throwers each gave me a cup for you to go along with your honorary t-shirt sports your sense of humour and art work. We really must get together for a cocktail. It would save me the cost of shipping and I would love to meet you in person.
I treasure your critique. T
Anonymous said…
Hey, Tony; I am going to be heading through your area on Sunday, Nov 5. I would love to see your show in Burlington. You have something in Stratford, too? I am headed to Vermont. A perfect time to stretch my legs before heading further East. Which one should I see? I should be passing though about 1 or 2 pm. It would be nice to see you too. Bacon.
smokieclennell said…
Bacon: Without a doubt go to Shane Norrie Contemporary in Stratford. It promises to be a stellar show with 23 wood firers from across the province. Some of us may well still be there partying from the opening night. T
Anonymous said…
Ok, I will. It will be open on Sunday? I was thinking of the Burlington show also. I know that is open in the afternoon. Bacon

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