I was honored to be interviewed by Voyage Chicago Magazine and the article is out! Thank you Voyage Chicago!
Manvi Pant: "Through Real Life Heroes, I aim to unite people from diverse backgrounds, flora and fauna, color and language, caste and community, religious beliefs, age, identity and gender under one roof, where, they can share their stories and leave impressions of their internal voyage." Readtoempower.com
Photos from clay,body - Third Friday's @bridgeport arts center. Circle Line Gallery is on the 5th floor and inside the Chicago Ceramic Center. 1200 w. 35th street in Bridgeport!
2 more Third Friday's to see the show! July 21 & August 18 with a closing reception. 7-10pm
Hope to see you!
Artists: Set Gozo; Robin Dong; Nicholas Alexander Hayes; Karen Goozner & me!
I had the pleasure of meeting Manvi 2 years ago - a beautiful up and coming writer from India. Coincidentally she works at a company I freelanced for in the past. She wanted to write a story for International Women's Day. We Skyped, fell in love with each other (not literally), and made an instant connection. This year she writes about 'Real Life Heroes' and asked me to be a part of it. Click picture below and enjoy! Thank you Manvi!
"Real Life Heroes is a social initiative, a collection of personal journeys of people – who have carefully preserved the ‘spark’ they’re born with, who have dared to turn all the incoming possibilities into successful endeavors, who possess unflinching confidence and who are unconventional at their roots."
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Angels for Peace have been a lovely experience for me. I started one angel, a very small one for my upcoming show. I got a call from a longtime friend in need of a friend...a very faithful woman. She said to me she didn't believe in Him these days as her close girlfriend was sick and dying. Through our conversation, I mentioned retail therapy. Now at Marshalls. A woman started a conversation with her, took one look at my friend and said "Everything is going to be okay," placing her hand on her shoulder. I said "See! An angel came to help you believe again." 'I need an angel!' she screamed. And the Angel Project began. Then proceeded to get me another order.
Here are pictures of many of them throughout their 'creation.' The wings are a secret... Enjoy! If you have any questions, please reach me via email. Thanks for reading! See Invite Here
I have discovered a new way to create wings. Here are some examples of my most recent Angel series. 5 orders have already been placed. Happy days. They will be @Midwest Clay Guild in Evanston Dec. 2-4th!
Here are the steps I took to make Ophelia:
1) Make a slab - at least 1" thick for the base - This will be her 'footprint'
2) Roll large coils and start building the 'outside' wall - This will be her Dress
3) Attach your coils very well... using your fingers or tools; RULE IS: ALWAYS SLIP and SCORE (wet clay mixed with water - use like glue), but, if the clay is wet enough you do not have to slip and score. As you can see here. Just remember TIGHT 'CONNECTED' COILS MATTER!
Timing is everything with clay. I wait a couple of days for the clay (bottom of the dress) to get a bit harder and paddle it so the clay 'folds' like fabric. I continue to coil build 'UP' imagining a figure underneath and shaping the 'outside' of the piece. This is quite difficult but worth it as you do not have to hollow out and the piece is lighter. Upper half of her body is done SOLID.
After she is done (with head/arms) I added texture from a laser cut rolling pin. The wetness of the clay is very important - not too wet, not too dry so you are able to press the rolling pin into the clay to achieve this texture.
She needs to be hollowed out so I cut her in 3 places... Head is last (and only cut the 'crown of the head). Make deep cuts after you put pieces back together and press wet clay into the 'channel' you have made. I kept her in HALF for the ride over with my good friend Gail to help me.
Once she is safe and sound at Lillstreet Art Center, I put her back together using the method above. I add white porcelain slip over the enter piece using a dry brush (sorry no pic). Off to the kiln for first firing (BISQUE). After bisque I paint her with 'stains or 'under glazes' and wipe off with a slightly wet sponge. This brings out more depth of the texture.
I added 'Temokou' - a dark yummy glaze for her hair, and LOVE the results.
Photo credit (below): Doug Birkenheuer
Thank you for reading! If you have any questions - please email me.
Doug Birkenheuer photographs my work. He literally brings them to life - seeing them breathing through his lens. Here are a couple of shots from last night's photo shoot.