Hiromi's work makes me smile. I saw it for the first time in the Gallery at Crane Yard Clay. I wanted a piece so badly, but couldn't afford one. Then I heard she was leaving Crane Yard and her work was a little cheaper...it ALL had to go. I couldn't pass it up and now I am the proud owner of CRYING BABY, the seated girl on the 2nd row, far right. Hiromi was born in Japan and attended school in the US, culminating with an MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has also worked/taught in several residencies, among them, the Bray and the Center for Appalachian Craft. Her emphasis is figurative and narrative ceramic art. Her work was chosen for the 2015 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition. I have looked all over for info about her or her processes, but to no avail. Let me know if you can find more info! https://www.hiromi-iyoda.com/
No clay today...I AM IN FREAKIN' LOVE with this work...In love with the form, the texture, the process!! (see below). These sculptures/furniture are made from discarded trees and branches assembled and joined and cut again to form. I won't spoil the process by describing it; you have to watch the videos for yourself. WOW is all I can say! Lee also creates with calcified wood and handmade nails. The South Korean artist explains his motivation...“I want to express the wood’s natural characteristics without adding my intentions. I like to make the most out of the material’s inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces.”http://www.boredpanda.com/discarded-wood-sculptures-jae-hyo-lee/ (photos and video)
Author~ Susan Speck: I love everything about clay. I like making, teaching, looking at, owning and using pots. This blog is a continuation of my Facebook posts that have been going on since the day after the disappointing 2016 election. I [we] needed to have something good to see and think about.
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