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tim christensen: narrating with sgraffito

As I feel my own creative pull shift from observer to visual storyteller (more about that soon), I have been researching narrative art. Tim Christensen’s work and words resonated with me –  he tells stories of our times by scratching drawings onto porcelain clay surfaces using the sgraffito technique.


Ark: Ossuary, slab built porcelain, 19″ wide

The artist slowly and deliberately scratches through the surface, revealing the contrasting color below as he tells a story. You can easily get lost in the detailed, carved scenes. Vessels, bowls, plates, boxes – objects normally meant to carry or hold things – the twist here is that Christensen’s hold stories too, “about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”


The Cusk, slab built porcelain, 16″ long

“My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.”




Hard Work Ahead


Meadow Columnar Study



Meadow Columnar Study, open

Tim Christensen

Tim Christensen at work

“In the same ways that we know and learn from the cultures who have come before us, my pottery depicts the particular place and time in which I live, and why I think it is important. I draw on my pieces because it is the best way I know to express what I am thinking about. I like to draw about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”

Tim Christensen’s website

Read an article about the artist here


moira bateman: the hungry girls

The Hungry Girls, a collection of 9 foot tall fiber and mixed media dresses hanging from old, weathered wood and metal yokes, were inspired by Moira Bateman’s fascination with the images in Patricia Eakins’ story The Hungry Girls.

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Momenta Animale: The Hungry Girls No. 7 
linen textile, onion skin dye, raw wool, wood and metal yoke

Bateman’s Hungry Girls are made of linen and raw sheep’s wool. The Minneapolis based artist used the one possession shared by the girls in the story – a nightdress – as the basis for this collection of “wild, woolly animal-like dresses.”

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Moira Bateman, Hungry Girls

Bateman also creates 8 foot tall Digital Archival Pigment Prints from photographs of the dresses.

The video lets us see how Bateman works

Moira Bateman’s website



sue wainright: the wainright zoo

If you love animals, Sue Wainright’s zoo will find a special place in your heart. The UK artist uses sterling silver, black patina and gold, creating each piece in layers separated and joined by hidden tube spacers. A former architect, Wainright’s work illustrates how this technique allows for a truly three dimensional object.

Sue Wainright Zebra

The Zebra’s stripes are pressed into sterling silver sheet by rolling against a stencil of textured paper. Black patina is then applied to the stripes and black Swarovski crystals add the finishing touch to his eyes.

Sue Wainright Tiger


The Tiger’s face is made up of fine silver burnished with 24kt gold foil. Orange glass foiled beads for eyes and black patinated silver stripes complete this creature’s charm.

Sue Wainright Lion

The Lion’s face boasts a muzzle of black patinated silver, 9kt gold eyebrows and tiger’s eye bead eyes. “The face is suspended over a black rubber necklet which passes through a tube within the creature’s muzzle.”

Sue Wainright Elephant

The Elephant, another pendant in the collection, is sterling silver set with red Swarovski crystal eyes. Note the face is connected to the circular frame by the tip of his trunk. Nice!

Sue Wainright Tree Frog

The Tree Frog – a large sterling silver brooch – has a complex multi-layer camouflage pattern design on his back in bright and black patinated areas. I envy his green malachite bead eyes.


Sue Wainright’s website



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