Silver duckweed: bald cypress and tupelo trees in water covered with duckweed. The duckweed is a tiny plant that completely covers the surface of the water. The slant of the sun makes the plant cover look silver. Phinizy Swamp is in Augusta, GA - it's part of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.
Green duckweed: the same scene as the photo above, only shot from a different angle. The natural color of duckweed is bright green. The cypress knees stick up like nubs from the water. Part of the function of the knees is to get oxygen to the roots of the tree.
Duckweed up close. These are tiny floating green plants. There are a lot of tiny creatures in and around the duckweed, in the water: shrimplike animals, fish, insects. Maybe that's what the ducks like.
I have just finished some new teapots for the Year of the Snake. I focused on the beautiful skin patterns that some snakes have. The teapots are thrown and handbuilt, from porcelain. The decoration is drawn and painted in underglaze, covered with clear glaze, and then touched with gold overglaze. Three firings were needed for each teapot. Each teapot is approximately 4 inches high, which is full size in China. The teapots will go to an exhibition in Shanghai.
Crinoid Ropes, mixed media painting with collage elements, on board, 14 x 11 inches
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I've been exploring imagery for the painted portion of an installation I'm building - the installation will go to the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in March.
Budding Plant with Lion-Dog Guardian, 10 x 8 inches, mixed media
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The installation that has been in process since my residency at the Vermont Studio Center was completed by its installation in an exhibition as part of the NCECA national conference. NCECA stands for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts; the conference was held in late March in Seattle. The exhibition, titled "Distillations & Eruptions", was selected as a Concurrent and Independent Exhibition as part of the conference.
To see more photos of the installation, go to the Game Pieces page on this site: http://www.priscillahollingsworth.com/game-pieces.html
To learn more about the Distillations & Eruptions exhibition, try this site:
The exhibition included installation works by 4 additional artists.This was a monster project, more than a year and a half in the organizing. Besides all of the gathering of artists' names for consideration, there was the application process through the conference, a real roller coaster ride of waiting for NCECA to find a good venue (they did), and then an application process to propose a panel discussion at the conference that amplified themes from the exhibition (we were fortunate to have that come through, also).
This is for the new exhibition Southern Observatory, Making History, at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta, GA.
I'm finishing a month as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Howard Romero is doing a project in which he photographs every resident who's willing, at the end of every month. Here's mine:
Snow! I don't know how I feel about it, but right now it's thick and very wet. Thanksgiving snow.