Motivation and inspiration, two requirements for creating that no artist can survive without. For motivation,I decided to challenge myself over the next month and so I borrowed from the idea of a "painting a day" to create 30 faces in 30 days. For inspiration, the human face, my favorite subject. I find great intrigue in examining and creating the nuances of facial anatomy and expression. I began 6 days ago creating face jugs and mugs that have a classical appearance. I plan to stay with functional figurative work and to let the work evolve in a natural course over 30 days. I will post faces that I have completed every few days (in their greenware stage), in order to remain accountable and on task.
Here is a photo of the first six faces (two are face jugs, one is a double face jug, and two are face mugs).
I began creating a new body of ceramic work in January of this year. I am continuing to work with figurative ceramic sculpture. Some of the photos posted are still considered works in progress. I really do love being able to fire my work multiple times to achieve the surface I want. I am experimenting with layering underglaze and using different application processes.
I am playing with figurative functional work along with figurative sculpture. Figurative face jugs and tea sets and containers, sculpture that has hidden function, a dual purpose. I am very drawn to the concept of marrying a powerful piece of sculpture with a utilitarian intention
Anitan, Face jug, PL Deaton 2013
Nagashee, Face jug, PL Deaton 2013
Three Sisters Tea, Tea Set, PL Deaton 2013
the whole,face jug, PL Deaton 2013
The content of my
sculptural work is evolving as I struggle through levels of understanding my
deeper self. I have been dwelling on shadows and how they fleet unnoticed
through our lives. Casting themselves across our paths and over our bodies. Sun
shadows and moon shadows and shade shadows. Faint and blurry or dark and
defined, hovering always near, connecting us to our surroundings. Their subtle
presence ignored by busy eye.