Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Work

Finally have something to post up here!  I have three ceramic pieces in an art exchange show between three colleges in the Harrisonburg, VA area.  The show is called "Three" and is between Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, and my school, James Madison University.  There are a few students with work in the show from each of the three schools.    

One is a non-functional (dysfunctional?) combination between a cup and a teapot, titled "Both Ends Up." The other thrown piece is combinations of wheel-thrown vase forms attached end-to-end and glazed together in groups of three.  The wall-hanging is based upon an idea I had in a sculpture class, thinking of the idea of how things define a landscape, the way humans mark nature...and thus we have the tree that branches into telephone poles.  Let me know what you think!  



Nate Nixdorf said...

Great stuff. I thought the NCAN was dead, but maybe it'll come back to life.
I think I'm drawn to the double-ended pieces the most, although I do like all three. What is the meaning behind connecting the pieces? Any reason, or object that inspired the idea? Are they hollow the whole way through?

Christine Bolon said...

They're not hollow the whole way through, though I am in the process of making a mold of one of these two-vase form "units" that will be. I was trying to simultaneously do what I'm good at (throwing) and get away from my habit (making things functional). I wanted to play with the idea of vases being thought of as decorative anyway, but remove the functionality associated with them. Connecting them...I found that the form of each vase would fit along the curve of the connected part, like puzzle pieces. This also played well into the tension between what is functional and what is decorative/what's the purpose of pottery and what it's doing in a gallery at all next to work that is more about an idea than being a functional tool.