Getting Ahead In Ceramics

Work by Jesse Martinez from our last raku firing. Click on the image to see more of Jesse's work.

Inspiration for Summer Ceramics '08

M. C. Escher
Escher relativity lithograph

Escher house of stairs lithograph

During one of our first classes, somebody mentioned Escher's name for one reason or another. When I was making one of my pinch bowls, the outside texture and the dome form made me think of a stone dwelling of some sort, and how it might be interesting to carve stairs going up the side. Of course, up is a relative term depending upon whether the cup is sitting right-side up, being used, or upside-down, sitting in a cupboard. Inspired by Escher, I made the cup feet into little round houses, each with two doors and two windows and stairs leading from the doors: one right-side up when the cup was, and the other right-side up when the cup was turned over.

Escher cups

The idea of stairs and creating little worlds inside the pieces carried through the rest of my work in the class.


time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog