Friday, February 6, 2009

Things Fall Apart So Things Can Come Together

Last year when my hubby and I were thinking we needed to spend more time together- we decided to take a pottery class (there is a bit of irony in this because pottery is actually a very solitary, almost mystical activity). I had never worked on a wheel before and he had just a tiny bit of experience many years ago. I found it hard. Of course, he picked it up right away, became teacher's pet (I will always believe the instructor had a little bitty crush on him) and drove me crazy offering up tiny bits of advice in his oh so patient teacher-voice. He was almost effortlessly making strong, interesting pieces while my own work was inconsistent, prone to collapse and reminded me of the hand-built stuff my daughter brought home from camp when she was seven. Although we used the same glazes, his always seemed to end up reflective of nature's simple beauty (or so enthused the other students) while mine more reflective of the stuff on the nature trails that you try not to step in. This experience has given me a deep appreciation of the amazing work that potters do and Etsy has many amazing masters. Recently I came across the work of Jeff Campana (CampanaCeramics) and was simply blown away. Through a process of dismantling and reassembling his pieces- he creates the most striking fault lines that add a fascinating dichotomy of fragility and strength to his work. I have always loved the things and places within us that are damaged and scarred and the concept of those things being healed over and made stronger in the process. I hope you enjoy CampanaCeramics as much as I do. I had to purchase the beautiful lavender vase for the V-Day flowers that had better be coming my way from my own Mr. Potter ...

3 comments:

Team Zvonik said...

I have not seen his work before. Amazing! I will have to go check him out on Etsy.
I have never tried pottery before. I blow glass from time to time with my husband and choose to paint to avoid the competition!
I would like to try pottery someday. This kind of work inspires me too.
Thanks for the intro.

Jeff Campana said...

Hey, what a wonderful story. Also a very thoughtful (and acurate) interpretation of what I do. My own work looks more poetic to me now that I have read this. neat.

Sorry you didn't have "the gift" I didn't either. It took me 2 years to throw a pot I was happy with. Persistence is more powerful than raw talent.

-Jeff

Kella MacPhee Photojournalist said...

These are so great! I've never seen anything quite like it!