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surfing with helen bates - september 27, 2007 - usa, ireland,

updated fri 28 sep 07


Helen Bates on thu 27 sep 07

Netherlands, Argentina

Surfing with Helen Bates - September 26, 2007 - USA, Ireland,=20
Netherlands, Argentina

Dana Shearin (Evanston, IL, USA)
Quiet functional ceramics and provocative clay sculpture, sometimes
unfired, sometimes fired and minimally glazed

Beth Ann Maragas (BAM Pottery) (Chagrin Falls, OH, USA)
Wheelthrown and altered pots; decorated with slips, oxides, sgraffito,
oxide washes, clay texturing

Hoogendam, Kees (Fochteloo, Friesland, Netherlands) (Dutch and English)
Ceramic singing bowls! (and other ceramic musical pieces) (Also BIG pots=
You can stop the music in the menu bar, but really, you might not want
to. I like this image:

Jaap Bliek (Enschede, Netherlands)
An interesting combination of Anglo-Japanese influences filtered through
American training and a European sensibilityne

Jermyn (Jane Jermyn Ceramics ) (Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland)
Born in Ireland, and raised in Canada and Ireland.
She calls her work ''A celebration of nature through the transformation
of clay by fire''
There's an interesting quotation attributed to Toshiko Takaezu on her
home page:
=C3=A2=C2=80=C2=9CTradition is the living hand of the dead; traditionalis=
m is the dead
hand of the living=C3=A2=C2=80=C2=9D
Wet Fired Forms: A method she developed for her degree, in which she
weaves formers from willow and other hedgerow materials or make formers
similar to her paperclay Standing Forms, which she then covers with a
mixture of clay/hay (see Aberystwyth page), porcelain slip and other
additions. She then fire this work soaking wet. (See article about
this method in 'ceramicsTECHNICAL' No. 13, the international ceramics
magazine published in Australia.)
Of interest as well are the photos and descriptions of her Kiln for
Standing Forms.
A world traveller, she has been to several Eastern European countries,
as well as Cuba.

Cristina del Castillo (Buenos Aires, Corriente, Argentina) (Spanish only - translated url bel=
Some great ceramic sculptures, and maybe the best fish sculptures I've=20
run across
One of the videos shows scenes from the same ceramics symposium Jane=20
Jermyn attended.
"Vaca con Faja Pampa" (Striped Pampas Cow) by Castillo

Helen Bates
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Clayarters' URLs: