Author Archives: Zygote

About Zygote

Zygote Blum is an artist living and working in Northern California with his studio partner Jessica Fong. Together they create distinctive functional and decorative ceramics for local markets and national exhibition.

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! 

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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

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

 

Projection

It literally just took me almost three hours to do what I thought would take me about an hour and a half to do.

The chore was to put into play one last test variation of this Rooster Firework (bang cock or cock on a stick as Jess teases) before moving on. A multiple layered white on white on white stenciled motif. 


This is a check on readability, and seeing if it peels up at this thickness. (It can be problematic 5 layers in). I think I liked what’s happening even more than yesterday’s efforts, but the greenware is a poor place to judge imagined results.

Compass Rose

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“Compass Rose” Circa 2016
High fired soda
Hallmarked collaboration between Zygote & Jessica Fong
$90

A craftsmans journey is not to just to learn to make the work is well made, but to learn to make the work that a curator would be proud to acquire…

Feed Click

Too many platforms… feeding the Beast that just keeps propelling us along.


Experiences can be now easily digitally repainted to be represented. It’s through the media of manipulation that a moment that’s been captured can be transformed into what they were to begin with… an experience. 


Mememics are handed over to subjective flexible interpretation and through that process, they attempt to become transformative.