I was trying to describe a creative brainstorming activity to a friend who was struggling with artist block. I’m much better at showing than explaining, so I thought I’d make a little video to show how it works. Maybe some of my other friends will benefit from this, so why not do it LIVE??!! I miss you all
Hey everybody! I haven’t made any functional pots since October, but this morning, I opened my kiln and have a fresh batchl!!! I’m really excited about this one, because it’s my first time firing porcelain.
Im enjoying the front porch with buddy and lulubelle. Going to start a new woodcut, am also trying something new. Watching comments from my ipad. If it works, i can see and answer your comments as they come in.
Going to try a live video demo from my clay studio. Im still learning (hope to always be that way). Ill share what i know, and try to answer any questions, feel free to chime in if you have more clay experience and want to share any tips.
Good morning everybody! Im doing a streaming experiment with my dad. If you want to watch a short tour of my clay studio, feel free to join in.
I have been on the computer less, while experimenting with a new way to stay in touch, express myself and keep you all up to date with my art projects, without using social media.
I started a monthly ZINE! It’s words, art and ink on paper that you can hold in your hands, and it doesn’t need a battery, username or password. Print media is different from digital, and I’m learning a lot about how to tell stories this way.
My goal is to make one once a month. They are free. You can pick one up at either of my studios at the Log Cabin Print Shop in Old Washington, or the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati. I’ll also include one with any online sales through my website.
If you want me to mail you one, all you have to do is mail me a $1 bill (to cover the cost of stamp and envelope) to:
Po box 84
Old Washington, KY 41096
Michael H. Dickman led a raku pottery activity at our community art center on Saturday, October 5th.
Here are a few clips from yesterday’s activity.
Mollie Beusterien also introduced us to a hot glazing technique, called OBVARA, which was similar to raku in that it deals with hot pots.
what fun! Im so lucky to live in a community with so many creative people!
I have been working in the clay studio, and havent shared many work in progress photos. In part, because 3d objects, like pottery, dont photograph well. A 2d photo does not accurately give the impression of holding and looking around a 3d object.
I have been working with a technique, called sgraffito, where the design on a pot is created by carving. It has a lot of similarities to printmaking, which makes it very interesting to me.
The design goes all around the pot, so instead of sharing a photo, heres a short video of the carved bowl. All the carving is done, but it still needs to be fired, so it is a work in progress.
My friend John came to visit. We are both artists, and spent most of the visit making prints. We made reduction linocuts: a technique where we use the same block for more than one color. We start with the lightest color, print it, then cut the block to design the second color. If all goes well, and we line the blocks correct, we have a beautiful 2 color design. These are particularly unique because; once we switch colors, it’s impossible to print that color’s design ever again. Limited edition!