An Eclectic Plethora of Media
Sidewalk chalk painting = illuminari, a temporary mural. I participated in Illuminary festivals for several years, representing the Placer Arts Council as well as several businesses through the years. I also taught chalk painting to hundreds of school children as a guest artist at a middle school as we co-created a 12’x17′ illuminary in the middle of their “quad” area.
Hand built and carved ceramics are part of my 3D-Maker history. A very good friend of mine was the ceramics instructor at a college where I also taught. She taught me to hand build using coil and slab techniques which I loved. The two of us commuted to college together and attended several workshops together.
One of these was a Susan and Steven Kemenyffy workshop. At that time, they were collaborating on their large vessel pieces. In the workshop, they demonstrated on a large slab piece. Watching Susan draw one her beautiful women on the pre-fired clay, and painting it with underglazes was inspirational to me. One of these pieces below was directly inspired by that experience.
After that, I had bought some green ware teapots to paint for my sisters for Christmas. As I was drawing a sketch of what I wanted to paint (with underglazes), my mechanical pencil dug into the surface. That led to a few years exploration, carving large green ware and/or hand built pieces, which I completely painted with underglazes before first firing.