I recently taught a ½ day workshop at Hawaii Potter’s Guild on how to make 2 part molds. It’s something that I learned when I was in school, and it’s been a skill that has enhanced my work and given me another tool that I use to express my ideas. I’m grateful that Hawaii Potter’s Guild gave me an opportunity to share this with other ceramic artists, and an opportunity to give something back to a community that has given so much to me. I’m not very experienced in teaching and so I was really hesitant to do this, even though I wanted to do something that felt right to me, it took me awhile to say yes. I had to really listen inside, get beyond my fears and trust my intuition to know that this was something, even though I might experience some discomfort, that would challenge and grow me in new ways and face some inner obstacles. That it was the kind of experience that would grow my heart and expand my world.
What I couldn’t have known when I did say yes was that by doing this workshop I would re-connect with some of my earlier slip-cast work. Intuitively, I made a decision that ended up giving me as much, and perhaps more, than I gave to my class. In preparation for teaching, I dug out all my old 2-part molds that I’d made over the years and started using them to make “demonstration samples”. Well, one thing lead to another and I fell in love all over again with my apple mold!
So here I am now, making apples with wings and feet and faces and hair and spikes and zippers! Little wild things. Fruit Flies and Bad Apples and The Flight of the Apple…….. and the piece shown above, called “Eve Bites Back”. I made this for the Matchbox Plus VII Exhibition at Cedar Street Galleries in Honolulu. The show runs from November 15 to December 10, and the opening is November 15 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Hope you can see the show!