Bowls of Words (2019-present)

(2019-present) Ongoing project of ceramic bowls

 

One thing that has always attracted me to pottery is the potential permanence that clay possesses. In the first stage, I threw, fired and glazed thirtythree soup bowls, decorated with one of three phrases ( I WAS BORN A WOMAN, IT IS A SERIOUS THING JUST TO BE, MASTERS WERE FEARFUL) I felt spoke of who we are as a society at this time. Inspired by ancient texts, ceramic law cones and the discovery of these artifacts in modern day. With these Bowls of Words I aim to create a document that could be discovered in the future by another civilization. 

 

 

For 2020 I threw over 100 bowls, some porcelain, some terracotta, with the three phrases ( I LOVE YOU, WE ARE ANIMALS, FREE THE FUTURE). Also see, Bowls for Sale.

 

Becia Orix (2016)

(2016) Ceramic Sculpture.

 

This piece has been quite a long time in the making. The investigation began with building a cardboard armature to provide a foundation for slabs of clay to be placed on. Upon drying I realized that even though the cardboard had been essentially tenderized, it was still to rigid for the clay in its drying process, and thus was making the clay crack. After four attempts of trying to tweak different things in the hopes of making the drying process not result in cracks of various sizes. I decided to pull the armature out after a day of drying, when I did this I was able to get the piece to dry with out cracking. Then began an unintentionally long glazing process, time and life took over and only a little bit of color could be added each week. Hand Built, low fire, underglaze with over glaze and wax resist. Approximate dimensions 14″x13″x6″.

 

Becia Orix

Bald Vase (2010)

(2010) Ceramic Sculpture.

 

Low fire, thrown, over glaze with wax resist. Approximate dimensions 13″x8″x8″. Always looking to create satisfying shapes and visuals, this vase has an almost hidden pop of vibrant yellow spiraling down its outsides. This was a gift to a friend.

 

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Ceramic Castle (2009)

(2009) handbuilt ceramic sculpture

 

Gift created for a friend’s mother. This castle was modeled after Neuschwanstein. I had not hand built anything in eight years before creating this piece. This project taught/reminded me of many things I should do differently when building a large ceramic sculpture.

 

Baba Yaga Platter (2009)

(2009) ceramic sculpture

 

This is a gift for my grandmother. Her request was for a platter that could house her yearly gingerbread house creation. With the platter, the gingerbread house is elevated and transformed into Baba Yaga’s hut. I get so much joy from creating gifts for friends and loved ones, this gift in particular was revealed as a true success when I received the photograph after the gingerbread house had been erected on top of the platter.

 

Photo Ron Hammond