Thursday, February 23, 2006

Potter's Marks

Emily Murphy's blog post "A Potter's Mark" is interesting in several ways. First, those potters have it so easy! Just press a stamp into the wet clay and your maker's mark becomes an indelible part of their work.

But Emily goes on to say that one magazine is showing the marks of the potters they feature, and that the Potters Council is creating an archive.

Wouldn't it be a good idea for woodturning organizations and publishers to do the same?

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Creativity Portal

The Creativity Portal™ is a great website to check out if you feel the need to boost your creativity. The site describes itself as "an imagination-inducing sanctuary for artists, writers, crafters, and creativity enthusiasts."

The site is chock full of articles on the topic of creativity. Its one fault is that it is difficult at first to find your way around this huge site, the large selection of articles are overwhelming and there is nowhere obvious to begin. I hope that this small selection of articles will help you find something that might make your woodturning more creative, and encourage you to explore the Creativity Portal in more depth.

And if that is not enough they have a series of articles about Learning from Leonardo da Vinci.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Art in Motion

Art in Motion is the name of an exhibition just opened at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, and features the work of German woodturner Siegfried Schreiber.
"Schreiber combines minimalism with an understated elegance that moves and rocks with the lightest touch." (WTC)
While most woodturners approach bowl design with some stability in mind, Siegfried takes a different attitude to what a bowl should be. They are most definitely not designed to sit inertly on a table and hold things, and it is no surprise that his website is divided in to sections for Kinetic Objects, Sensual Sculptures and Meditation Objects. Some beautiful ideas are shown there, and like his work, the website is wonderfully minimalist though I would have liked to see a video clip of some of the kinetic works. Do take a look - it might lead your own woodturning in new directions. Leave a comment and tell us what you think of these works.

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