Kathy’s Birthday Farewell!

31 Aug

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Thanks to Alex D. I found these “close up” photos of most of the group.

“15 seconds of fame”: Kecskemet TV Stars

31 Aug

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Merging interests/inspiration

30 Aug

While at the International Ceramics Studio, I had the opportunity to meet the ceramist Katalin Orban and to view her work in the studio’s permanent collection.  Of the work I saw of Katalin’s, i was most interested in the way she painted onto the ceramics.  Coming from a painting and drawing focus, I have been exploring the idea of unconventional canvases in my work.  incorporating painting and drawing into my investigation of ceramics will be a good way for me to explore both mediums.

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The Hungarian and the international profession have qualified Katalin Orbán as one of the most acknowledged Hungarian ceramic artists. The series of her prizes started in 1979 at the International Ceramic Art Exhibition of Faenza where she got the Prize of Purchasing. She got Gold Medal in 1983 at the same place, then Second Prize in 1984 at the Applied Arts Quadrenniale of Erfurt. From the beginning of the eighties on she continuously wins prizes at the bianniales of Pécs. In 1982 she became the member of the International Academy of Ceramic Art of Geneva. From amongst her recent qualifications the Gádor István Prize, founded by the Association of Hungarian Artists, is outstanding as this annual prize was given to her, by a secret vote of the members. Katalin Orbán’ activity was the first to be honoured by the abouve prize. In 1992 she also got the Ferenczy Noémi Prize.

http://szabo-m-art.hu/belso.php?lang=en&menu_id=62#675

My work at the ICS

30 Aug

These are the finished pieces I produced while working in Hungary.  The main idea I was dealing with was how to combine the technical skill I am trying to build with something that makes the complete image more creative and engaging.  I think what I took most from this group of work was a desire to keep finding different surfaces to use as a drawing canvas.  I would especially keep exploring drawing on ceramic.  I enjoyed my devil’s egg but I wish I had had more time to build up sketches, a cohesive group of images, and a successful flowing composition.

New and invaluable experiences

30 Aug

Embarking on the study abroad trip, I had few expectations for my first experiences with ceramics.  Although, I signed up for the trip primarily for the drawing course and to test my work ethic, a new found fondness for  clay was a welcomed surprise.  I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked so close to the grad students and instructors and to have leeched from them as much knowledge and insight as I could.  This sort of working environment/proximity is not always accessible to undergrads in the standard university setting.  I am looking forward to expanding upon what I’ve learned this summer with ceramics II in the Fall.

Video Montage

30 Aug

Alright, so I admit the background music could be better. But it was all I could come up with. If anyone has some suggestions, I’d be more than happy to hear them.

Inspiration + Perspiration = Reality

30 Aug

Now that I am back in Ohio, it’s time to turn some of the ideas that flew into my head in Hungary into a reality.  This triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) with the oozy orifice was reappearing in my sketchbooks while I was over there so as soon as I got here I worked on making it happen.

A sketch:

A thing: