Tuesday, September 24, 2013

THE PITCHER OF DORIAN GRAY

(With apologies to author Cornell Wilde.)
Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure his pitcher would age rather than he. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, and when he subsequently pursues a life of debauchery, the face on the pitcher serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging . Well, the pitcher gets pretty danged ugly and continues to deteriorate as Dorian lives it up............What did you say?.............Oh no!...........It's “The PICTURE of Dorian Gray?”............ Well, this is embarrassing. …...............Never Mind.








Sunday, September 8, 2013

Greenman 2013

#160 of the last 1000 Major Jugs

 The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or "renaissance," representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.
The jug is hand-thrown stoneware. The leaves were made by pressing leaves from the old Oak tree out front of the studio into clay slabs then forming the slabs into a face. He is glazed with my Dragon Green Ash glaze, then fired in my homemade kiln to 2300 f. He has all sorts of interesting textures colors and details.
The insides of my jugs are always glazed with food safe, lead free glazes. He is high fired stoneware and fully functional. He is definitely an original
 He is a large jug (approx. 1 gal.) and stands about 12" tall, 10" wide and 9" deep.