Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 - The Year of the Canes

Happy New Year Everyone,

I was fortunate enough to receive two more Jon Anderson pieces from my mother at Christmas this year, the mother and baby roadrunner. I was thrilled and it's made me realize that I've spent far too much time away from caning. Not that I mind having dinked around with other clay experiments, but it's time to go back to my first love in clay. The images in this blog entry are from the two roadrunners.

So this year's resolution is to post one of my canes a week on this blog. I may not do a cane a week, and some weeks I might do two or three, but I'm going to be aiming for 52 blog entries on canes that I've made. They're not all going to be as glorious as Jon's canes, but I will likely try imitating some of his patterns.

I'm scheduled to teach landscape canes at Guild in the next while so some of the canes will be landscapes, inspired by Mike Buesseler's work. I did a sunset one earlier this week that seems to be on the pretty side.

Also, while I would like to create something as stunning as Jon's work, I don't want to be too imitative.

My goal is to incorporate more skinner blends into the canes and I suspect that there will be a fair bit of experimentation that way.

One other source of inspiration off the top of my head is from Violette LaPorte's use of geometry in her skinner blends which you can see here.

I will post images of other things that I'm sure I'll get sidetracked along the way about, but the attempt will be to focus on canes this year.

Apologies for the image layout on this entry, I still haven't perfected the art of getting the photos where I want them.




Wes said...

You can say that agin'. (:

Violette Laporte said...

Lucky you getting those road runners... Making a cane out of the optical illusion would be a great challenge to undertake! hmmm
(wheels turning here!)