Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Kiss

We play in the studio as two lovers because that is what we are… two lovers; reading each other our poetry, picking bouquets to share with the world around us, creating a real world out of fantasy, we play because the world has done the impossible by crossing our paths and given us this moment together.

 

 

Consummate Bloom

 

Consummate Bloom” 2017
Mid-range red bodied stoneware fired with a crawling glaze
Hallmarked collaboration between Zygote & Jessica Fong
$90

 

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Spring Bloom

 

In the spring of 2017, an old family friend that hadn’t heard from in a very long time had contacted me asking to see my work. A lot of years have gone by since anyone from my past has looked my way, I had completely forgotten how uncomfortable it could be, pushing my work forward to one of my elders and saying “I made this”. While in the larger world, the work that I make successfully finds its tribe, in the world that I was raised, my tribe doesn’t approve of much of anything that I do. Now while this may or may not be true, it’s the story that rings in my head, so for me, it’s feels true enough to shape how I view that past world. 

 

 

Now this is a person that I respect immensely, but still, I asked for a delay, that I would show her something later. This wasn’t to blow her off, although that’s exactly what I did, it was a delay to effectively make something that I could put in front of her and not feel like she would disapprove. 

 

A year later, I’m happy with what came out of the kilns. None the less, although the design that spun out of the studio landed well with my clients, I still haven’t set any of the results down in front of her. Disappointing my elders isn’t something I relish in any way. Still, I really should, just to thank her for motivating my hand in a new direction, even if that new direction is just for a passing moment. 

 

Twilight Fireflies

When I was much, much younger, my girlfriend and I had a penchant for sneaking out after dusk on warm summer nights, and under the light of the full moon we’d count fireflies as we strolled the deer paths through the meadows.

The nights were soft and so blue, we felt like we were alone, walking in a world filled with night magic.

We were wrong about many things, but not that.

These two pieces are representatives of a micro-edition of 6 floral motif chawans that went through the kilns in 2017. Firefly glows, night blooms, moon light, contemplative love… summer night poetry.

What makes this series of particular interest to me is the glaze that was used. It’s a semi opaque textured glaze made soft to the touch by gently sanding the surface with a diamond pad. These feel absolutely amazing! 

Rooster and Fireflies

“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong
$90

 

Aside from the first and foremost responsibility of the craftsman, (to bring together the skills and materials necessary to create competent and well crafted work), the craftsman can also choose to take it the game further… by adding more of themselves into the work; sharing small personal vignettes of a hidden internal life; snippets of secret parables; hints of poetry, suggestively sublime.

This isn’t merely a decorative exercise… This is an attempt at subjective substance. 

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“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong
$90

There’s not much push back against the stance that maintains that the meaning brought to an image by an artist is less relevant than the meaning projected onto the work by the viewers themselves. 

The artist invites others to puzzle out a meaning by creating an open framework that’s suggestive of a narrative without spelling it out; it’s through the act of puzzling out a meaning that’s the experience is created. This is layered onto the tactile sensory experience of the object itself. 

A cliqued stance I know… but it’s a valid one. The engagement with puzzling out meaning is itself an experience. To do so while in the act of relaxing into a drink just adds to all of this… A layered sense of tranquil satisfaction.

“Rooster and Fireflies” 2016
Soda fired stoneware
Hallmarked studio collaboration between Zygote and Jessica Fong
$90