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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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sometimes a little means a lot....

Work in progress: "We Are Leaving Rome"

I haven't had much time in the studio this week so I'm really happy to have done a bit of work today. And I'm really loving these little 4X4 panels. They are very unintimidating even when I'm experiencing the dreaded "blank canvas" syndrome. I always seem to be able to pop something out and at least feel like I made some progress. I hate feeling unproductive, but with these small pieces I can keep myself working regularly and consistently because they don't take as much time as the bigger projects do. Making art is just like working out ~ if you stop exercising for a while, you lose your strength and muscle tone and can sometimes even experience a physical setback. Well, you can lose your "muscle tone" in the studio as well. The longer you stay away from work, the harder it is to build up those muscles again. Just like with exercise, even a little bit each day is better than nothing.


Susan - said...

Just found you through the Collage-Making site. Your encaustic work is wonderful.

JoAnne Ruggeri said...

Thanks for your comment. I've actually seen your stuff on Etsy before and "hearted" your page.
I also just became a fan of your facebook page. If you want to check out my facebook page its:

JoAnne Ruggeri "Quartz Inversion"

Let's follow each others blogs too. I'm a big believer in mutual support!

Dayna Collins said...

I love your 4x4 encaustic panels! Beautiful and with photos and writing, they have such a look of deep meaning and beauty. Lovely.

JoAnne Ruggeri said...

Thanks Dayna! I appreciate your stopping by.