I've just returned from three weeks in Europe, traveling through Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany. Much of this trip was oriented around art that I have been longing to see in person, and in that respect (and in almost all others) it was a rich and rewarding experience. Jacques Louis David's The Death of Marat and Fabritius's The Goldfinch were particular highlights. Swoon!
Travel adds such a wealth of images and textures to human experience! I feel so old and wise I can barely stand myself.
So now I am back to reality and joyfully back to the studio. As you might imagine, these hot summer temps can put a strain on clay. I work with Silver Falls porcelain from Georgie's, and it is beautiful. However it is also very finicky and in the heat, as thin as I like to work it, it can develop cracks if it dries unevenly. So there's a lot of love and attention and slow coaxing needed to get just the right result.