Now this was a nice treat. Earlier in the year I was approached out of nowhere by Mary Powers, a graphic designer based out of North Carolina. She was putting together the packaging for “You’re Welcome”, the first album by a local country blues band, Poor Blue. She had spotted an image of mine online and was asking for permission to use it in her design. Continue Reading →
Per a request from Miss Gentileschi, here is an example of a raku-fired ceramic that I did back in 1978. It started out as a simple ball of porcelain clay (at least that’s what I think it was; a white clay at any rate) that was slowly kneaded and molded by hand into a cup-shape, then fired in the kiln at a low temperature. After cooling it was then painted with a lead-based glaze, then fired a second time in a large metal trash can filled with crumpled newspaper and wood chips (this was for the unique mottling and crazing). At least that’s how I remember the process that we used in my high school art class. You can read more about the history of the raku process here.
The result is how you see it these photos, though the results can greatly vary according to how the second firing is crafted.
This particular form of raku pottery is beautiful to look at, but not safe to drink or eat from — due to the lead in the glaze and all the cracks in the surface (though that may have changed a great deal over the years). Also very delicate. This cup is actually in three pieces from a minor bump; I kept the breaks out of focus for the photographs.
This is the only image we have of him. We were swimming at Makena Landing Park on Maui back in 2009 (I was teaching Cindy how to snorkel), when we noticed this solitary diver getting suited up. He carefully checked his gear, waded into the water, submerged, and slowly kicked past us into the gloom — which was when I took this photo.
We stayed in the water for another hour or so, then got out and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon drying off in the sun, but we never saw him return.