Hello again from Insomnia Central,
First, Renato, thanks for the posting of the clay and glass websites. The
work is really beautiful. To answer Jake's question as to whether the T'ang ware
pieces appear to be made by floating color on liquid, the answer is yes and
no. Certainly what Renato posted is a bit of both.
One piece on mine certainly seems so. Very suminagashi-like. The 2 nonpareil
pieces, now that I've seen the nerikomi, are probably different colors of clay
layered and cut, then formed in a mold. But they are very delicate and
fine-combed. I would not have thought one could get clay to keeps its definition so
well through the steps needed to create a nonpareil pattern, but now that i've
seen it i believe it.
I seem to be drawn to marbled patterns no matter what the medium - clay,
glass ( also took a semester of glassblowing in grad school. Don Guyot told me
that he came to marbling from glass blowing, in part because of the patterns on
ancient glass. I never got that good!), paper, fabrics, soups and cakes. (Talk
about from the sumblime to the ridiculous.) Perhaps it is an intuitive
recognition and appreciation that a skilled or clever hand produced the work is what
resonates with me.
Well, the neighborhood coyotes are howling outside my window. Maybe they will
sing me back to sleep!
Take care all,
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