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jason walker explores our perception of nature

Last week ended on an icy cold note for me when the heat failed in my little room over the ocean.  Five layers of clothing, an electric heating pad and lots of jumping around kept me going until it was restored late Friday night.  It’s a new week, I’m toasty warm and I have so much to share with you – beginning with Jason Walker’s ceramic sculptures.

Through these narrative sculptures Walker explores our culture’s ideas about nature and how technology has changed our perception of nature. The unique way he combines mastery over materials, detailed imagery and a jarring perspective results in a thought provoking body of work.

Stacking A Skyline, ceramic

Stacking A Skyline, back

“According to Webster’s dictionary, nature is something in its essential form untouched and untainted by human hand. So here lies the crux of my quest. At the very heart of our own description of nature we exclude ourselves from it. Does this mean I am not natural? Although this argument may seem purely semantic it is not. The way in which we perceive nature inadvertently describes the way in which we perceive ourselves. Ultimately, my quest is a journey to define for myself what it means to be human in the present time.” Jason Walker

“Light bulbs, plugs, power-lines and pipes that grow from the earth are common images found in my work, juxtaposed with birds, insects, and organic matter such as leaves and trees. Similar to the thinking of the Hudson River School of painting, I attempt to portray nature’s vastness and humankind as a small proponent of it. Yet I draw the small things of nature large and the huge creations of man small. I want to show how we influence the landscape, or nature. My ideas stem from my own experiences bicycle touring, backpacking and the daily hikes I take with my dog.” Jason Walker

Desert Frog, ceramic

Jason Walker

More images at Ferrin Gallery

david walters: glass vessels

These stunning vessels are the work of glass artist David Walters. A RISD graduate with a printmaking background, Walters is best known for the detailed, narrative drawings he paints on his blown glass vessels. He often paints characters from fairy tales, adding references to his own personal history – the results are unique and powerful, sometimes dark and edgy.

Shed A Tear For Alice, 3ft x 1ft, blown and hand painted glass
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Hansel and Gretel, 3ft x 1ft, blown and hand painted glass
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Calami-Tea or Love Me, Hate Me, 37 x 9 x 10″

Look No Strings, 14 x 17 x 7″

As he learned his craft, Walters was a gaffer for Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. Working with Tagliapietra for more than 16 years, he credits the glass master with being a key inspiration in his development as a glass artist.

Craf-Tea Little Alice I, 29 X 11″, blown and enameled glass
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More at Traver Gallery and Schantz Galleries.

Read a Robin Rice essay about Walters here.

nissa kubly: camera as art

After months of focusing creative energy on taking pictures of my new surroundings (thousands of pictures) and teaching myself about photography and cameras (hundreds of hours), it seems fitting to write my first post of the year about an artist who creates pinhole image jewelry and constructs fully functional, small-scale metal cameras that double as beautifully crafted sculpture and wearable art.

View from the Gardens,
1.5″ diam., sterling silver, 23k gold, fine silver, film, glass

View from the Gardens, back

Nissa Kubly is a metalsmith, jeweler and photographer with an MFA in metals and jewelry. Kubly takes her one-of-a-kind pinhole image jewelry one step further by fabricating the cameras used for the imagery.

Pinhole Ring Camera

All of Kubly’s cameras use film and the wearable cameras – rings, bracelets, belt buckles – “offer tiny glimpses of the outside world when the image is developed.”

I am inspired and intrigued. And so, we begin the new year. . . welcome 2011.

Ten Minute Camera

Box Camera, brass, 5″ x 3.25″ x 4″

“A camera obscura, literally meaning “dark room”, can consist of any dark chamber, such as a box or room, with a small opening. Light from the subject matter outside the chamber travels through the room and appears as an inverted image on the opposite wall. My work consists of functional instruments made of metal, inspired by the camera obscura.” Nissa Kubly

Tuscan Villa Necklace Sterling Silver,
Pinhole Image on Film with 18k Gold Background

“This necklace contains a pinhole image taken from Ravello, Italy. The film is brown toned & set between a small circular piece of glass and 23ky gold. A process of photo etching produces the ornamentation on the back of the necklace. A handmade clasp completes the necklace.”

Lisa Sette Gallery has some wonderful images of Kubly’s cameras and sculptural viewers.  Read an article about the artist here.

See Kubly’s MFA portfolio here and an exhibition of her work at Paoli House Gallery.


Come back this afternoon when I will announce the three winners of the give-away.

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I’m posting a link to the first one to give you a sneak peek (and news about the apprenticeship project).

See you this afternoon. . .

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