One of the perks of being back in an academic setting is visiting artists. UMass Dartmouth had the pleasure of welcoming back alumni Martha Grover, who is currently a working artist. She works in porcelain fired to cone 10 - 11, altering thrown forms to capture the elegance of flowers and dance.
It was such a treat to absorb her tips and tricks as well as any advice she had to share about the potter's life. If she is ever doing a workshop in your area I highly recommend it. We talked about what it's like to establish yourself, balancing personal and business life, and got into the nitty gritty of technique (among many, many other topics). Here are a few of my take aways:
The month of October was mostly experimenting with ideas and dealing with a transition. It's just past mid terms and I'm making the switch to functional work! I've been toying with pattern and illustration on my pottery. I'm not sure how much of it will stick, but it's good practice.
I came into the post bacc program wanting to work on sculpture, because that's where I was comfortable and that's what I thought academia would like. After the pressure to produce one to two sculptures a week I had to take a step back and really think about what do I want. Long story short, I'm not as happy making sculptures as I am making pottery. The topics I end up choosing for sculptures are too depressing for me. I asked if I could do both sculpture and pottery and was told it's best to focus on one or the other, so obviously I'm choosing to be happy. Ultimately I'm sure I'll reintroduce sculpture back into my portfolio later on down the road, but for now I'm content with focusing on my functional work.
Artist and maker discussing art and making. Peeks into my studio life, professional tips I stumble upon, and discussions about contemporary art and craft.