Gary's been taking a few classes in clay this summer, taught by the very capable Stephanie St John. Stephanie has been using the facilities at Clay on Steele to teach, and even though she doesn't think her strong point is in clay-I don't know, if it''s not, then it certainly is in teaching!
Since his retirement in December, he's found his artistic side, and continues to surprise me. Seriously, look at these-I'm so proud of him! In the photo above, he used the foliage from a plume poppy to form the tray on the bottom. I love that he's looking outside the box & using things from nature, things that we've grown here for years.
In the above wall hanging piece, he dug out a stamp that I had in a box-stamps that I decided I could live without, quess I was wrong! Might have been a little hasty in choosing what to get rid of:) That's the problem with mixed media, there's always a way to use just about anything, so paring down can be an impossible task. I've tried, really I have, but then something like this comes along & makes me want to hang onto everything. We need a bigger house!
The photo of this bowl doesn't do it justice at all, it's very organic looking & just very cool:) It seems that every class, he experiments a little more with different glazes, colors, and he's having fun doing it! One more piece and then time to get busy aruond here. Lots going on this week, enough that it warrants a whole 'nother post! But we're trying to get 6 months worth of stuff done around here, things that got put off, things you just ignore, and put them in some sort of priority as we're sure to run out of time. We really let this house get out of control and now it's time to get everything in it's place-help!!!