I knew I had to come back and try color. I was obsessing. Using only Laguna Silky underglazes and sgraffito, I opted to keep the imagery more “public friendly” than the Southernisms pipe.
Mission Clay: First Visit
I just recently was invited to be a visiting artist at Mission Clay Art & Industry for ten days to work on a two-ton pipe that will now belong in their collection. During my nine day stay, I was able to include nine "southernisms" I had previously developed this summer as small plates (see functional work). I hope to earn a spot to return for a residency during sabbatical. If accepted, I want to create a series of colonnades for public art and permanent personal collections. I am so grateful to have been hosted in an environment to work on such a large scale with so many resources at my hands from Laguna Clay and Mission Clay Arts. MASSIVE THANK YOU's go to Bryan Vansell for his philanthropy and support, Pat Siler for the introduction to Mission, Hans Miles for coordinating, educating, and collaborating, and all the workers (and factory dogs) who watched after me, fed me, and came to talk art. For more pictures, please visit me on Instagram @cfordart .
For more information on Mission Clay Arts and Industry, please visit http://www.mcpart.org/about . For more information on Laguna Clay, please visit http://www.lagunaclay.com/about/ . Below are pictures from the public art sculpture garden collection, pipes drying, Pat Siler, and one of my factory dogs that protected me at nights.
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