Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The shape of things

A journey in clay

We are all patchwork,


so shapeless and diverse in composition

that each moment,

plays it’s own game.

And there is as much difference

between us and ourselves

As between

Us and others

I constantly hear people saying

that the world as we know it

is changing and that it will never be the same…

I personally feel that it is changing all the time –

it has never been static for any of us .

I have been thinking about the notion of

How things take on shapes –

the forms that exist

For certain things – in fact for all things

How they come to be like that – and if they should

continue that way or mutate to follow a

different set of functions

And I feel inclined to look at this More closely –

and in the context of working with clay

looking at what we choose to construct

how we make those choices

and what path we choose to follow our creative


is a tremendous material

that one must learn to love

And believe in if it is to open itself for one;

A curious material who’s qualities lie in physics and chemistry have not yet been fully explored.

Working with it requires imagination.

The Chinese and Persians, who perhaps reached the

Greatest heights in ceramics, were poets and dreamers in clay. The Chinese kept 1000 kilns firing in 1000 cities

For 1000 years. They followed the path of experience and patience and finally knew all there was to

Know about clay. They enveloped ceramics in poetry,

Inscribed upon it as an ingenious world of symbols.

Even the most exalted god, t ao, took up

Residence in their vases.

Axel salto




For these 12 weeks –

we will explore the History of the Shape of that each of us each of us finds most inspiring in our daily lives

Examine the journey that the chosen shape

Has taken through history –

and how we can make and

construct these beloved shapes

in a way that we resonate with personally

How we go about designing and creating shapes that inspire and define our lives and the way we live them.

Objects that are Personal and Ceremonial

The difference between the two, and

How we distinguish between them.

We will research – and test

alternative materials – and how they function in the clay we have chosen to work with.

We will continue to explore and push the boundaries of red, white, buff, black AND BROWN clays.

We will continue with our research and testing of found materials from our travels.

translucent and opaque surfaces –

being fired at different temperatures…

how they resonate with each other –

and with our own creative spirits –

In choosing what “Clay-Bodies” we work with –

We become Alchemists….

We Play, We Dance, We make Magic with the clay-

and in turn

Re-create and give shape to

Our world and our universe…

Contact kim sacks for further information

Regarding clay journeys

(011) 726-6420 – kimsacks@gmail.com

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