Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Firing a difficult kiln @ Tel Hai
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Our lemon tree,planted in memory of my father z"l some 23 years ago,is just coming into full stream,so most things we consume for the next month or so will be lemon-flavoured...The tree [which took a good few years to get started] is surrounded,as you can see,with my first attempt at drystone wall building. In the background: the new wood-stack,with this year's load of eucalyptus and olive for the woodstove.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
...who drove his teddybear to Germany on this striking Harley,displayed at the entrance to his show at the British Museum: open 'til February,and thoroughly recommended,should you find yourself in London [as I did last week],especially since you're not going to get into the reportedly-fabulous Da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery,which seems to be sold out,with scalpers asking close to $200 for a ticket.
The Beauty of the Broken...
...and of the rough and unfinished: top shot of a couple of Meir's crustier teapots- a thick coating of ash from the anagama,but not enough heat at the critical time to melt it; below- someone in the studio grabbed a dry unfired bowl by the rim before I could warn them [it happens occasionally,much to the embarrassment of the party concerned]. The teapots are heading for a refire in Sunday's glaze kiln,the bits of bowl for the recycling bin, but both have an unfinished,transient or incomplete aspect of beauty for me, quite distinct from the beauty of the complete, the smooth, the whole. I suppose this is akin the the Japanese concept of wabi and sabi [like most western folk,I can't tell the two apart] but they don't have the monopoly on this aesthetic: there are many Jewish teachings about the beauty of a broken and humble spirit/heart,not to mention teachings from the Kabbalah about broken vessels...and then there's Grayson Perry...