We have arrived in New Mexico and are continuously overwhelmed by its beauty. Excuse us if we happen to be a little bit dormant online.
This week happens to be spring break, and my brother has joined us from out of town for a about a week. The first day of him getting back we quickly dove into each others recent ventures. It turns out he had been taking a Native Americans Pottery class at UNM Albuquerque where he had been working on traditional shapes, digging / preparing of clay and primitive firing. That night we sat down together with some clay that had been dug near by and he showed me how to hand build these shapes that are distinctive of New Mexico tribes. (his are the nicer ones)
It wasn't exactly until this point that I realized that the styles I had so heavily been influenced by was stuff from Japan. In San Francisco this is present everywhere. In the food, the art, everything. Coincidentally this made its way into my work as well. By being back in New Mexico most of that has dissipated. It's crazy how by changing settings you see things differently.
I'm excited to see how this plays into the next chapter of how we create. Findings of different clays, firing techniques, native plants etc.
Until then we have a few pieces, definitely Japanese inspired, used in the first series of / Shed, here to purchase. These Smoked Tea Cups were inspired by the Japanese Chawan cups made for tea ceremonies. A distinct marker for where we once were.