The Alabama Clay Conference, to be held in February, 2012 in Birmingham (and hosted by my husband, ceramic artist Scott Bennett) will feature three well-known ceramic artists who will give all-day demonstrations and exhibit their work.
Here is the work of Chris Gryder, one of the featured artists. I've included an article below about his work, a piece I wrote for Ceramics Monthly magazine, November 2006. I'll blog about the other two artists in the next couple days. Negative Impact The Work of Chris Gryder
Chris Gryder began his exploration
of art by studying architecture. A sincere and dedicated commitment to the
subject led to his acquaintance with artists, methods, and concepts that later
became the inspiration for his work in sculpture and clay. From the visionary
designs of Antonio Gaudi and the philosophy of Louis Sullivan to experimental
work in mold-making for architectural pieces, Gryder pieced together a singular
aesthetic and an uncommon process of sculpture-making…
I did the illustrations for an informational video about my friend's company, Dialogue Resources. It was great fun to work on the project, and I love the added graphics that make it so effective.
If you have use for Dialogue Resources' services, you'll be in good hands.
The video says so.
By the Self Same Sky 16" x 20" Oil on Board
I sold this painting this week and was asked by several people on Facebook what it's about. I usually write an essay on my blog Without a Net (withoutanet.blog) but before I take the time to write an involved essay, here is my first stab at its meaning. Forgive me my lack of copy-editing.
My sister called me one day out of the blue and said, “Dori,
guess what? We’re Jewish!”Not long
before my Granny died at 94, she (allegedly) told my sister a secret that she’d
kept her whole life.
My Granny, born Mary Fitzpatrick was a devout Catholic her
whole life and vigorously tried to instill the values of her religion on her
kids and grandkids. I was raised Catholic and so went to church every Sunday,
catechism on Thursday, and every other scheduled church event. So I was shocked
to hear my sister’s news.
The details are muddy, but my sister relayed that Granny’s
mother’s maiden name was Lehman, and she was probably from Russi…