Category Archives: Collaboritive Work

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

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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

 

Cut Flowers

Jess and I went back at it this weekend, still working to fill the 4 square feet that we acquired in a salt kiln. It’s not hard filling that space, but filling it on short notice and with intention, especially me, with no material experience with salt firings, that’s a bit more of a jog.


Still, I’m pretty excited about all the greenware that’s been getting made. Lots of experimental works and, of course, we finally got a chance to add a little skull flower. I had been trying hard to restrain myself, but it needed that cherry to complete the design.

 

The whole load is filled with lots of risk. Not a single sure thing in the bunch, but results should be exciting to play with when they exit the kiln. I’m hoping for one or two racers out of the lot, I really would be quite happy with that. I’m still gladly open to more, but one or two gems and I’d be just fine.

The Dreaming Rock

“The dream must be vivid and continuous”…
“The dream must be vivid and continuous”….
“The dream must be vivid and continuous”…

ProcessTo say this with belief and conviction does not make this so.

ProcessI do not desire to tell others what to believe.

I do not paint reality.

I am not a story teller.

ProcessI do not get to sit next to my audience and fill in the details.

I am a craftsman and an Artist, laying a playful trap to engage another’s thoughts, pull them away from the reality of the “now”, giving them a small gift of detachment.

I give abstractions laced with naive references to hidden narratives.

IMG_1928It’s the viewers task to pull apart the threads and discover themselves in the Dreaming Stones.

“Darkness Between The Fireflies”

“Darkness Between The Fireflies”
Music byMason Jennings
I woke up before you in the total darkness
Early morning

I could hear the wind in the trees

I was looking for the light to bring you out

From the shadows
Redefine you now for only me
And honey i’m sure
That you’ve been in love before
Plenty of men have held high places in your eyes
And jealousy has got no use for me
The past is beautiful
Like the darkness between the fireflies
I was driving faster through the Appalachians
I could see the world go out below me in the sun
You should know by now
That someone’s always been there
Long before you
You’re never going to be the only one
And honey i’m sure
That you’ve been in love before
Plenty of men have held high places in your eyes
But jealousy has got no use for me
The past is beautiful
Like the darkness between the fireflies
Beautiful like the darkness between the fireflies

“the Darkness Between Fireflies”  is a collaborative vase done with Jessica Fong in the spring of 2013