Sunday, September 7, 2014

Collaborative Journeys

I work alone, in my basement studio. I enjoy the control I have over my studio space, my time, and my creative process. So why work collaboratively? I am learning that there are many reasons to embark on a creative project with another person, despite the process not always being so comfortable.

Collaborative Vases made by Tommy Frank and Chandra DeBuse, 2014
The past year has been rich in collaborative explorations. Last fall I worked with Tammy Marinuzzi, Assistant Professor at Gulf Coast State College on a 2-person show called Time In. We produced two-dimensional drawings, paintings and collages on paper and wood. The second round of collabs happened at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in August. Many of the invited artists during Session Four worked on collaborative projects (see image below of a work in progress with Rain Harris). It was at Watershed that Tommy Frank and I began collaborating on some ideas for tableware. Our collaboration will continue for the next several months, as we work toward producing pieces for a show at NCECA-Providence.
Wall tile in process with Rain Harris and Chandra DeBuse, 2014

Several months ago, I heard an interview on Fresh Air between Terry Gross and a musician who had worked collaboratively (can't remember his name, I'll try to find it). He told Gross that the reason to work with another person is that collaboration will take you places that you couldn't have gone to on your own. That resonated with me, as I embarked on my collaborative journeys. Permission to stretch my creative voice has been the biggest benefit of working on new projects with others.

I am enjoying a new (to me) podcast called Song Exploder, where musicians take apart songs, piece by piece and tell the story of how they were made. Many of the episodes deal with collaboration and the magic that arises when two or more creative individuals work on a project together.

If you have any anecdotes of the creative collaborative process, I'd love to hear them!  Shoot me a message or leave a comment below.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

New Platters

Chandra DeBuse
Chandra DeBuse, Armadillo Platter, 2014

Chandra DeBuse
Chandra DeBuse, Possum Platter, 2014
Chandra DeBuse
Chandra DeBuse, Squirrel Platter, 2014
I've been thinking about wild animals that share (invade?) our domestic landscape.

These three platters will make their debut at an upcoming 2-person show at Gandee Gallery (opening reception September 13, 2014).  The show, titled "Taking Turns" will feature individual works by Tommy Frank and me and also works that the two of us have created collaboratively.

Tommy and I will be co-presenting a workshop and lectures at Syracuse University and the Syracuse Ceramics Guild Sept 12-13.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Floral Bowls

Chandra DeBuse
Floral Bowls, Chandra DeBuse, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fresh out

some new work . . .
Chandra DeBuse, Rodent Cup, Bird Cup, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Surface Design Workshop

Last weekend I led a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts investigating surface design on pottery.  The course was developed by Linda Arbuckle to allow students to explore, through creating multiples, personal content through surface decisions.  We started off with color collage, used a viewfinder to hone in on composition and color proportion and then we translated that information to a series of paper plates.
paper plate compositions
We used single color decal sheets from Chinese Clay Art and cut them up to create shapes and imagery on commercial china plates.

The class was part of Arrowmont's Master Weekend Workshops, which allowed students to explore questions beyond a beginner level.  It was a great fall weekend for the surface class.  Students worked very hard and developed wonderful designs.  Many left with more questions than answers--a good thing to fuel studio research for months to come.
class photo on a perfect fall day
visitor outside clay studio
recognize any of these forms?
Chris was the lucky winner of a Linda Arbuckle dish!