My name is Karen Hoffman and I am a ceramics major at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. You can expect to find much pottery on this blog; a little bit of my own work and whole lot of current work from other artists that are catching my eye.
My deepest apologies for being MIA Internet friends. It’s been a busy summer with department renovations and working for Margie Hughto. I have been able to get a couple train firings in and here are some of the little beauty’s I got out. I made about 120 tea bowls which will be making their way to Black Rock City in a couple weeks. I can’t wait for this project to finally happen.
Lovely texture :O
Something awesome, surreal and possibly even a little bit magical is happening on a quiet street in the Toxteth district of Liverpool, England. Every night, when the clock strikes 10:00pm, the sliding storefront shutter on a derelict building opens to reveal a radiant blue tank of water filled with live, luminous jellyfish silently swimming around the space.
This dreamlike scene is a site-specific art installation created by artistic duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel for the Liverpool Biennial. Entitled The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Someone Living, the piece was not promoted in advance in any way. Instead it simply started happening and will continue making its punctual 10pm appearance until July 27, 2014.
If you can’t make it to Liverpool before the end of the month, you can click here to watch some video footage of the installation, which was shared by Neal Bryant.
The Fox’s Den
First of all, this installation is completely(!) made of paper and leather. All of the objects were handmade with orange colored paper, some are enhanced with leather. The whole, incredible installation took 68 tubes of glue and 144 large sheets of paper.
The fox sculpture alone, which was made from Hermès’ leather remnants, took two weeks to make. Each small piece was cut by hand and then glued slowly together so that the fox could look as realistic as possible.
France-based graphic design studio Zim&Zou created this unique artwork on behalf of Hermés for their store window display in Barcelona.
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I have a newly found love for cicadas. I used to be afraid of them because they’re huge, but then my friend told me that they only eat leaves. Then she picked one up and put it in her hand. It made me think about unfair surface judgements and the things we avoid or even attack because of what they seem, when in fact they might just be a big friendly winged creature trying to eat leaves and live its life.
The Chinese characters for cicada are 知了, which mean to know and to understand respectively…how appropriate.
So my coworkers found this little princess abandoned and crying under an outdoor flower pot, and they just couldn’t leave her! She might Have an eye infection but there’s a rescue shelter that will pay for her treatments and we may already have someone who will adopt her :D hooray for happy endings!
Michelle Summers Cup Appreciation Post
I have loved Michelle’s work for years. All of it. Everything. I’ve read her entire blog, which is full of inspirations and some process photos (not to mention pictures of her adorable old studio). I’m still not sure what kind of magic she uses to get all of those gorgeous surfaces, but that’s okay. I like the mystery of her watercolor-like glazes, fine lines, and playful carvings.
My favorite objects that she makes are cups, especially the ones with playful feet and characters in relief.