I'm having a great time in the studio making slab built containers, vases and tableware. These pieces are made by finding textures such as doilies, lace and crochet samples to roll into the wet surface. I don't have a slab roller (yet) but find my thrift store rolling pin works great! After a bisque fire the surface is rubbed with oxide stains before getting a covercoat of clear glaze. Here are some examples before they get their final glaze firing.
I have been working on these sketches for awhile. This one is for the Aurora Series, a group of paintings based on the archetypal images of the Sacred Feminine found in Grimm's and other common fairy tales. This image is from Sleeping Beauty, and envisions Night (Maleficent the Witch) as the Unseen Mother of the Dawn (the Aurora of Sleeping Beauty).
I found these river rocks and others while visiting my cousin in June with my dog, Sharky. My cousin lives on the north side of the Rogue River down in Southern Oregon and we had the best time visiting him. In the evenings, while Sharky ran up and down the riverbank, I walked along the edges with a bag slung over my shoulder gathering the roundest rocks that I could find.
There is something soothing about holding a river rock in your hand; a rock you know has had its edges softened through centuries of caresses from the water that ran over it.
I don't know yet what I'll do with the rocks, but an idea will come when it's ready.
What do you do when you first walk into the studio? Do you have a ritual that brings your mind into focus? For me it's putting on my apron. My apron frees me from the tidiness and control of order and allows me to shift into a deeper engagement with the materials at hand. Putting on my apron ignites the anticipation of getting my hands covered in mud or paint or grease or glue or whatever it is I'm working with in the moment. It is a garment whose function not only gives permission to make beautiful messy mistakes, but encourages them as a deeper way of being present in the world.
Sandra Marianne Oberdorfer
Upcoming Events mixed with Notes on the Process of Making.