Things are getting a little nutty around here as I fund raise for my project in Bali. Here's the link:


Habitat~place time situation~Bali



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I've been invited to be an Artist in Residence at Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Ubud, Bali for two months this coming fall. I'll lead two thematic immersion workshops, make sculptures, fire their anagama kiln, and exhibit at the end of my stay. It's all very exciting, and in keeping with my emphasis on foreign exchange through my work. However, it's not a paid residency, and just getting there, housing myself, food, materials and shipping of finished work is way beyond my means. Of course I've already committed to going anyway! It's a wonderful opportunity to share my work with a new audience and learn about a culture which I have only known vicariously thus far. So I have started a Kickstarter campaign.


Kickstarter is a forum for artists and investors (not donors, this is not a charity!) to find each other and make creative projects manifest. It works this way: I create a project, pitch it to Kickstarter who then approves it. The project is live for 30 days. Investors can learn about the project, choose incentives for their level of commitment, and pledge. The project does not get funded at all if the minimum fundraising goal is not met by the end of the campaign. So, my fundraising goal is $6,000. Currently I have about 1/4 of that pledged. If I do not meet my goal by September 4, my project receives nothing! As I said earlier, I've committed to doing this project, but it is beyond my means. I need backers!

The other reason I am seeking backers is to satisfy my desire to share the experience with interested, like-minded people. People who are curious about what goes on in the studio, what informs my work, how do I build my sculptures? How does a wood kiln get loaded and fired, how do I decide on the layout of an exhibit, in what ways does the host culture influence the work in real time as well as a result of prior research, and what kinds of relationships are formed, how do we find common ground across cultures? In what ways is art a means of mutual understanding, story telling and transcending differences? How does Gaya CAC work? What is Bali like? In the past I have traveled abroad to make work, and it was hard to convey to people upon returning the impact of the experience of the foreign culture, landscape, and personal contacts. These projects are about so much more than making objects, they are also about uncovering the unity that supports such a variety in outward appearances, about discovering we are one. So, a big motivation for opening up this project to investors is to allow them to join me in a way, because I'll stay in close contact through updates including video, images, and thoughtful writing to my backers. This is completely new to me, and I'm excited and a little nervous: it involves a level of exposure that makes me vulnerable, since my process tends to be privately reflective and intuitive, so this is a good thing. (This is something I discuss further with Ben Carter in our interview for his Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast. It will go live next week: August 20)

Won't you please look over my project, and see if it resonates with you? I am hoping to share this experience through art practice with a broad community. I am also hoping to send my work out to new patrons, giving them tangible results of my labors (and so I will ship incentives anywhere in the world). Please consider becoming a backer for this project; I will be ever grateful for any support you can offer, and I promise you will enjoy your rewards.





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From October to December I'll be at Gaya Ceramic Arts Center in beautiful Ubud, Bali. In addition to making work to exhibit at the end of my stay, I'll facilitate two thematic immersion workshops, "Animal Vegetable Mineral," and "Beyond the Picture Plane."

Make this the year you finally go to Bali and join me for some creative good times with clay.


Recently I was interviewed about Eden Adrift. The result is this short video:


http://youtu.be/yDnhjbIebtM?t=11m7s


Pleased to be included in this year's Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation (my second time). This time the juror was Andrea Gill.


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Oh, yes. Here it is, The Lecture in conjunction with "Eden Adrift." Go get some popcorn, and follow this link:

 

http://www.gulfcoast.edu/arts/art/gallery/lecture.htm


The Amelia Center Gallery has posted a slideshow of many of the pieces in my current show. Follow the link below to view it!

http://www.gulfcoast.edu/arts/art/gallery/current.htm

 


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This has been my most relaxing weekend since arriving in Florida and this is why: Eden Adrift is up, and Artist Talk has been delivered! A video of the talk will be available soon on the Gulf Coast State College website and I'll post a link when the time comes. In the meantime, here's an image of me with the centerpiece (and namesake) of the show:


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Brand new work! In fact, as of today, not yet finished work.


Eden Adrift opens in the Amelia Center Gallery of Gulf Coast State College in Panama City Florida on November 30. It will be up until January 31. Also, I'll be giving a lecture, open to the public, on November 30 at 1 pm.

 

What I told the Bay County Herald when asked "What is this exhibit about?"

 

"It's three formal explorations of the delight and symmetry of nature's processes. "Eden" can be viewed as a metaphor for balance, liveliness, gratification, etc. Looking at how nature works, it is always a series of reciprocities, that when flowing uninhibited, result in harmony. This is true for plants, animals, minerals, and on down to the cellular level and beyond. When I ponder this I am overcome with such a feeling of wonder. It's from this feeling that I make my work: following intuition and observation."