Saturday, June 15, 2013


This week has been a "computer" week. I have created a new website with all of my latest work. Take a moment to check it out!

Here are photos of two new sculptures.

                          Bela: ceramic, underglaze, glaze        Functional container

Shadow of Stars and Stripes: ceramic, underglaze, glaze    Face Jug

Saturday, June 8, 2013

30 Faces in 30 Days

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).

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Work

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

                               NagasheeFace jug, PL Deaton 2013

                           Three Sisters Tea, Tea Set, PL Deaton 2013
                     One affects 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. 

                 Shadow of the Black Swan, PL Deaton 2013

                                 Shadowings, PL Deaton 2013

                             The Lies We Tell, PL Deaton 2013

                               Agnelo, PL Deaton 2013