Now that I am back in the United States, I don't know if I will continue blogging, or what form it will take if I do. I want to thank everyone who has been reading this small blog, and for commenting so supportively. Here is a last post, of some wall pieces I made in while working at GBP. Be well.
Bay of Bengal, 2014, 6x10"
Moonlight I, 3x10"
Moonlight II, 3x10"
Moonlight III, 3x10"
Between, dimensions variable
above, Not The Same, dimensions variable
above, Nighttime I, dimensions variable
above, Nighttime II, dimensions variable
I am getting settled in at home again, but missing Pondicherry terribly. I wanted to share a few of my memories of...
---nighttime walks along the beach...
...brightly lit gold statues of important people I do not recognize...
...and the street cows of India, everywhere...
As I begin my journey home, I am reflecting wistfully on more of the pieces I made at GBP. A few vases, bottles and jars.
This little bottle makes me wish I could just have one more firing, so that I could explore this form and glaze combination more.
Above and below, two sides of the same bottle.
And my homeward journey begins! America, I will be seeing you soon.
Fresh flowers are a big part of life here in South India. Whether carefully arranged as a daily offering, or adorning a woman's hair, they are a beautiful, daily reminder of our fleeting and precious existence. Being surrounded by all these flowers inspired me to make a few different vase forms to hold them.
Above, Vase, 10" all; below, a detail shot of the rim. I love the soft, undulating rim on this form, and I the way that the dark, hard exterior contrasts with the soft, light inside.
Another vase form.
Above, another vase form, also about 10" tall; below, a detail of the disruption on the surface. In this piece, it seems as though the light inside, unable to stay hidden, is slowly stretching out through the dark outside.
A smaller version, a bud vase, around 5" tall
Just a few bottles
Above and below, two more favorites: small, carved vases. I was thrilled when both of these came out of the kiln. They glow like small, muted jewels, small enough to hold in one hand.
And of course, none of these vases is complete without bright, fresh flowers.
All pieces in this post are unglazed terra cotta, fired to cone ten in a wood fueled kiln.
Fruit Tray, 12"x5"
Flower Brick, 5"x6"
Flower Brick, 6"x2.5"
Flower Brick, 6"x2.5"
Flower Brick, 2.5"x6"
Lemon Basket, 5x5", top view
Lemon Basket, 5x5", side view
Lemon Basket, 9x5", side view
Lemon Basket, 9x5", top view
I am very very excited about these guys, with their gunmetal surfaces that come from the inside out.
Although I love them as a group, each one is unique and intriguing on its own.
All these pots are ready to be glazed for my last firing at Golden Bridge Pottery. I can't believe how fast the time is going.
And here they are, in the kiln, ready to be fired. Tune back in to see the results of the firing!
My name is Sarah Camille Wilson. I am currently living in Pondicherry India and working as a visiting instructor and artist in residence at Golden Bridge Pottery.This blog is an informal way for me to share my experiences and ideas with friends, colleagues, and anyone else who is interested. Welcome, and feel free to comment.