Slowest clay project ever!

"obustus #1 & #2" ceramic relief wall sculptures, $175 set © lynne medsker

Well, perhaps I should clarify that it’s only the slowest clay project for ME – I’m sure someone out there has had a project that took longer to complete! I began these pieces during my residency at The Tin Shop in Breckenridge, Colorado last September. I love to play with clay and build pieces with my hands and so when the opportunity arose to do just that, I jumped at it. Little did I know when I began rolling out the clay that it would be 10 months before I’d hold the finished pieces in my hand! The timing ended up being toward the end of my residency and there was only time to fire the pieces once so adding the glazes and re-firing would have to be done after I returned home.

front view of small ceramic sculpture © lynne medsker

They were wrapped/packed with care and joined me on my meandering week-long trip home. When I arrived home there were many projects to catch up on and they sat around the studio, waiting patiently. They moved from storage tubs to tables and back again. You can see them laying on the work table in this blog post from last November! By the time I was ready to get to them it was the middle of winter and the lovely artist who had agreed to fire them for me had retreated to Florida for several months. Back in the tub they went until this April when I finally remembered to retrieve them. I glazed them and, eventually, dropped them off for my artist friend to fire. Unfortunately she wasn’t informed that I’d dropped them off and they sat for another month or two before I quizzed her and she discovered where they’d be stashed.

back view of small ceramic sculpture © lynne medsker

Two weeks ago I got the news that they were ready to be picked up! This past week I was able to find the time to drive out & get them. Since that time I’ve photographed them, wired the two pieces that hang, placed them at ArtSplash Gallery and found a home for the sculpture in my studio. Whew!

I found it a bit ironic that the image of them in the studio last November was showing how I’d arranged and cleaned up the studio and guess what I spent the last three days doing? Rearranging and cleaning the studio, of course! I eliminated the 4 ft. x 4 ft. table space I was so excited about in that post. I should know by now if you give me more flat surface I’ll just fill it up with more clutter! 🙂

studio space with new shelves!

I like the open feel of the studio now with the large opening in the center, but I kept the folding tables stashed nearby for when I truly do need more work surface. My favorite part of all during this update was adding 16 foot of shelf space!! It came *this close* to eliminating all of the floor clutter. One more shelf at the top probably would have done it but then I’d have to climb a ladder to get to it and, when it came down to it, I’d rather see it sit on the floor that go up & down a ladder! 🙂

Have a great Monday! There will be another post soon!

Lynne

I’ve returned

What a wonderful get-away the weekend turned out to be!  The weather was more than cooperative, the scenery was beautiful, great conversations, lots of laughter and adventure, very nice indeed!  We were able to do lots of hiking, slept well and often, ate some delicious food – just a restorative, refreshing time. 

Wild Flowers

One of the smaller creeks

Up through the branches

I took my tiny little camera so I could just tuck it in my pocket, I had so much fun I had to charge the batteries three times!  There were still wildflowers blooming in the woods and all the recent rains had the streams running at a fast pace.  One of the hiking paths crossed the creek three times.  I think in slightly drier weather that would have just involved hopping from one stone to the next but this time it was wading in the cool water that was deep enough to run over the tops of my hiking boots and fill them up with water.  But after that I was free to walk anywhere I wanted, what could it hurt?!  The mud was prevelent as well, I still have shoes & boots waiting to dry so I can scrape them clean. 

Fire Pit

Our campfire the first evening was a challenge, the wood was so wet it sizzled when we were lucky enough to get it to burn at all.  Saturday, after a successful trip to town to buy some better wood, the fire blazed quite nicely into the night.  There is something so peaceful, almost trance-like about sitting watching a fire burn.  Even after a shower I am still smelling traces of it occasionally.  I sat and snapped photos of the flames and sparks for quite a while Saturday evening.  Of course once I was home I couldn’t resist throwing some in Photoshop and playing with them:

Playing with FIRE!

Although we had packed a few art supplies we really spent the first two days just enjoying our surroundings, getting out into nature a bit, taking monster naps and relaxing by the fire.  Sunday morning we finally brought them out and spent a few hours being creative.  I brought some watercolor supplies to play with, I hadn’t done anything with watercolor for a while and I wanted to experiment with it again.  Plus it’s not a medium that requires you pack & carry very much to use.  Bonus!   I also packed up some “spray webbing” to play with, it ended up being incorporated in all the pieces I made!  A few of them have gold or silver leaf on them (although much of it ended up underneath the webbing). Here are a 3 of the 7 pieces I did, they are all small scale – either 5×6 or 6×6 inches:

Watercolor

Watercolor

Watercolor

I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend and that your week goes well.  I will try to write again soon!

xoxoxo,

Lynne