Ok I guess I’ll update my webpage…

As you may be able to see if you’ve known my work for a while, I made a big change recently. This new work has sprung from a few things:

I could no longer throw full time due to some injuries.
I was feeling trapped in an endless cycle of refinement.
I became obsessed with computer aided design and 3d printing.
I wanted to play with fire again.
I wanted to solve some hard problems again.
I’ve always loved mold making and slip casting but never got to do it.

I moved back to Helena for the summer of 2016, at the amazing Studio 740, and used that time to reinvent with the following criteria:

Find a new process to explore.
Continue work in deconstruction and reconstruction of pottery archetypes.
Make sure the new work was expansive, meaning it avoided the refinement trap entirely.
Stop making pots that appeal mainly to potters or rely too much on connoisseurship of process/material.

I was successful in meeting those goals, but it took me another two full years to actually create a working library of molds that I liked, and find the surface the new work required. More on the details later, I just spruced up the rest of the website and didn’t want my most recent post to be from 2012!

Comments

  1. John Bauman says:

    I like the goals. I wondered what you’d been up to.

  2. Ross Dubois says:

    Man, I’m so glad to see this fresh work.

    Needing to find a new direction is as important as life itself when the feeling and desire sets in. Its just like when a band you love consistently puts out great records in a row until finally they switch it up so dramatically that at first you’re taken aback by the new direction (how dare anyone change! Haha), but then you give it a listen and you realize the art is just as, if not moreso beautiful than the records you began to be predictably comfortable with.

    Anyway, I never got to own one of your earlier works and had been hunting for a mug for the past 9 years and have patiently kept my eye on this blog, waiting for some good news. I’m sorry to hear about the injury for sure but still glad to hear you’ve got this beautiful new work on the way, sir. Stunning geometry and beautiful as always

  3. Nuno Fitz says:

    Hi Jeff,
    my name is Nuno, i am a portuguese glass artist that found yr article about kiln wash!

    i am fusing my big projects directly on the kiln bricks ( talking about 1,5meter long and bigger, sometimes more than 100kg of glass)
    I am having some difficulty on some products that you use because of the brand name as EPK, glomax.
    i believe epk is caolin, and glomax maybe a polish finishing dust like cerium oxide?

    can you help me on this?

    thanks and have a wonderfull 2020

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