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Ceramic Crush #2: Erica Iman

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Erica Iman's work just sings to me. I first picked up one of her vessels in the gallery at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. It fit into my hand like a glove, almost hugging my whole palm. Her work feels and speaks of the earth. To quote some of her influence:

The forms are abstracted yet resemble the geological features of their origin, such as glacial ice or weathered rock. By creating work using the material's inherent properties and mimicking processes from nature, I am searching for the essence of the material's structure and the qualities it naturally possesses.

Her mugs feel like sand and water weathered rocks and her sculpture something you might find in the tundra. In fact, she lived and worked in Mongolia for two years with the U.S. Peace Corps and the thread that extends from her time and inspiration there to current work is concise.

Ode to my travel mate.

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Ode to my travel mate who is up for anything and down for nothing.
My partner in swim and bike and surf,
my partner in daily döner and curry and fish and port.
To see the sights, to sleep in the sun, to dance in the dark.
We won't see much of this world if we continue to look at our feet.

 

Photos of our toes from a summer trip to Lagos and Sintra, Portugal and Clonakilty, Ireland.

Words to Live With

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I found this today, on showandtell. She is one of my favorite blogs to follow, always writing beautiful thoughts and her regular entries called Point of View, are intimate, precious moments into her life, that always make me smile. Yesterday, she posted this Joan Didot excerpt and it resonated. I hope you enjoy it as well.


 In a commencement speech to the graduating 1975 graduating class at the University of California, Riverside, Joan Didot offered this:

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package,” she said. “I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.
— Joan Didion

With love,
Mish Mosh

Ceramic Crush #1: Takeshi Omura

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Takeshi Omura is a Japanese ceramicist currently working and living in his hometown of Fukuoka, Japan. After attending Tajimi Techical High School, Takeshi went on to study under the well known potter Keisuke Iwata. He then worked at Studio MAVO for several years before returning home to start his own studio.

Omura's work is characterized by his unique, dark almost metallic matte finishes, clean flat lines, and thin wall construction. His work is available for purchase here: http://www.analoguelife.com

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With love,
Mish Mosh

A year in review

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"The only person I ever want to be better than; is the person I was yesterday."

WILLIAM CHAPMAN


I know most people don't really mess around with New Year's resolutions, but I think they're important. I think it's a good thing want to better yourself, to give yourself the chance to become more of the person you want to be. Last year's goal was to bring Mish Mosh to life. Hours of classes and studio time, one-hundred and twenty-five pounds of clay, two photo sessions, social posts, moving and storing and moving boxes upon boxes, all added up to my first show and my online store. It's feeling very real all of the sudden. None of this would have been possible without the support team I've found myself within. I've had the best instructors, at Lillstreet and Penguin Foot, the muscle of friends hauling boxes around with me, the family and friends that bought the first few pieces of work, the talented Anna for making me look better than I am, and everyone else who encouraged this project.  I haven't fully decided on an end goal for this project, so for now I'll just enjoy the ride and keep learning in the process.

With love,
Mish Mosh

For the love of clay

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I fell in love for ceramics in the fall of 2011, and it has been a gift in my life ever since. There is something really special about creating objects that you can bring home and cozy up to. You create a relationship with a handmade mug. You remember when it came into your life, who made it, and it is impossible to sip from it without thinking of it's story. Cups and mugs penetrate our personal bubbles. We hold them close to us, we enjoy meals together over them, we press them to our lips. It's a bit romantic.

Throwing at Lillstreet. All photos by Anna Zajac anna-zajac.com

Throwing at Lillstreet. All photos by Anna Zajac anna-zajac.com