What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Friday, January 1, 2010

Time to step back....

I've been on a roll working in the studio day after day, but I think it is time for me to take a break and step back. The last several pieces have felt a bit forced, like I am trying too hard. Sometimes it's a good idea to just sit back for a while, take a look at what you have done and let it sink in and become part of you. This last piece was worked and re-worked to the point of near destruction. After several hours the result is merely 'acceptable'.

1 comment:

Kate McPhee said...

These are all wonderful. Of course some will shine more than others, but they work so nicely as a whole, together. Just keep working, and force all the negative voices out of the studio.