x marks the spot...by karin sanborn

no matter where you go, there you are. unfortunately a week late.

better late than never.

a view into my indexing practice follows.

all you need is yourself and your phone.


Two Projects by Andrea Zimon

I have three more projects to show from my spring semester work. These are two of them. 

The first is abstract, non-functional, and an interpretation of a psychological theory. 
This was also a piece to experiment, carve, and draw with. It was interesting to do a work that was a departure from the rest of my work. I normally don't relate artistically to abstract. 

This project was autobiographical. Internal Family Systems was the theory I was studying and could easily relate to.  At the simplest form, it is a theory that we are based on parts. Mostly the parts I made are not specific to me(except for the horse part) - I took a lot of liberties with the theory. My apologies to Richard Swartz (the creator of the theory).  

Pinched, carved, slab, and under glazed parts before assemblage. Most pieces have minimal glaze.
The horse part. I made this part too thin and it broke and warped. I think the repairs make it interesting, though. The repairs are the lumpy parts are the inner corners of the rectangular holes.  It was fun to draw in clay. 

Assembled. Nothing fits well and I was not wanting to make it so. 

Side view.

Now we are back to functional pieces. This was my clay final exam, the dreaded food project, which was to replicate a culinary delight. Mine was a wedding cake. I would have liked to have been more detailed but time was an issue. Warping was a problem with this, too. I think it stands around 2' tall and is in three pieces. I call it a wedding cake jewelry box. 

Next month is my favorite project called four bowls. 


freestyle by karin sanborn




Aquar-a-room by Andrea Zimon

Instructor said to make a room. I made an aquarium of sorts. The room is sardine can shaped but much bigger than one. My fish looks very skeptical.

The creation facing to the left. I put holes in the back to help with drying. 

The piece looking somewhat downward.  Here you can see I got a chance to play with texture. 

The purple fish. 

Looking right.

Another shot looking downward. It was difficult to get a definitive shot. 


Geta by Andrea Zimon

I  am working on my project list for next semester's ceramics class. While doing this I pulled out this piece from last semester's work which is a geisha shoe, called a geta. 

 I like my concept, especially the lack of practicality. No sane geisha would wear this geta. 

I loved doing the carving of my favorite motif - a leaf shape. 

I am happy with the result of the hanao (cord). The hanao texture looks like fabric with its cracks and lace imprint. This was difficult to do as I used thin-ish clay and the cracks appeared as I was rolling the clay into a tube. I was hoping this would happen. However, when it got into the bone dry stage I was holding my breath as the clay gets so brittle at this stage and tends to break if handled too much (that quantity you only find out after the piece breaks). 

By the time I had to glaze this piece,  I admit I was tired and snafus beyond my control led to more hand painting than I wanted to do. Hand painting ceramics is great when you have time. Not so great when the end of semester is looming near.  I thought I would water down the glaze to keep its organic feel. I used four colors which is minimal for me.  The black is too strong and the watered down glaze just looks weak. 

What I will take from this project is to plan enough time for the  next projects. I didn't really estimate how much time a piece should take. Glazing, also, tends to be the most difficult for me. Last semester I didn't really put down to paper what how I wanted to glaze things. I will for the next.  

If I stick to a plan next semester will provide some really incredible fodder for this blog.


new ways by karin sanborn

Northeast Films [NEF] is many things. Sometimes it is a contemporary playground where Warren Miller hangs with the ghost Robert Altman, promising to keep the story going for many posts to comeHowever perhaps my favorite characteristic is the phenomenology present in the consistent voice and gaze of the camera. It is a hopeful one. Let me explain.  

The eye that takes in each scene is able to shapeshift from one benevolent view to another: first as an ant up at the long-boarder's transport system, then as a common bird hovering low taking in the action of characters living the day purely for the joy of it. Other favorite shooting angles include plants given priority of focus while activities blur by in the background. Am I an insect? Maybe, yes, I can believe it... because while observing cropped views of bike wheels through the forest, the event is clearly more important than any single identity pedaling. Being present seems to be the only important criteria.

Creative efforts like NEF's are an elegant reminder that artistic expression comes from everywhere in the universe. Not just sometimes, but especially, outside galleries and museums. The places depicted in these films are from the realm of the living. Both the viewer and the viewed momentarily inhabit the same time, same place, in connected by disconnection between their respective shells.