Clay during Covid

In early lockdown, the studio was mostly closed, so I shifted to doing more work at home. Still need access to a wheel, but spent more time working on surfaces. Lizards, dragonflies, the odd scorpion — obviously this meant I should plan on a bathroom remodel, with a Carboneware sink. Which has been and continues to be a fun project, though I could live with Candidate #6 if I had to.

The Igneous Intrusions Project: Mugs

I did a show at Ruby’s Clay Studio fun San Francisco in 2019, just before leaving pottery and the US for 6 months in Australia. The inspiration was igneous intrusions, those streaks of rock in a contrasting bed of different colored rock, like when you find a seam of quartz that seeped through a bed of dark granite.

The show included some mugs (now on my Etsy page: LarryCarbonePottery, since you were about to ask). The loopy, squiggly handles are something of a signature of mine, when they stay attached through the drying and two firings. I leave the outside mostly unglazed, so the contrasting seams of colored clay show through for that geological feeling with my morning coffee. My favorite place for camping is Joshua Tree park, for the birds and the Joshua Trees and the lizards and jackrabbits — and the Wonderland of Rocks with its igneous intrusions

Wall Pieces

 I have never made ceramic wall art in the past. I’m very rooted in functional ware, and like living with and interacting with beautiful things that I or friends have made. And living in tiny spaces most of my life, wall space is at a premium and I worry: how much of my work deserves such an honor, or can hold up to daily viewing? In 2018-19, I made a bunch of wall-mountable stoneware and porcelain disks for my Igneous Intrusions project and gallery show (but I cheated; many of these can come down from the wall to serve as platters or trays).