Pot Luck

My dad says…

“Came upon this site of friend Jack Troy, with whom I spent a wonderful afternoon in 2003 at Robert Frost’s cabin in Ripton, Vermont. We drank sherry and read poetry to one another. “

Here’s the link:

http://www.jacktroy.net/potter.html

As I was trolling around on the site, I came upon this wonderful assignment he had given

his students….

http://www.jacktroy.net/teacher/lessons.html#

I’ll wait here while you read it.  🙂

Go on…..

Isn’t that just the best?!?!

I would have loved that class. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone!

When I was in high school in NYC, I had a wonderful design teacher named Richard White who gave us an assignment:

“Make an Expanded Cube”.

That was it.

No more explanation was forthcoming.

The more we asked,  the more he would smile mysteriously. I never forgot it. In the end, the variety of vision and creative problem solving was extraordinary. Not one project was the same. Some were painted. some were constructed… and many different materials were used.  Some were silly, some were beautiful and some were surreal.

I’m happy to have another place to inspire me when I get stuck…. spellbound…. with a big question mark in front of a  Blank Canvas. I’ll just pop over to Jack Troy’s assignments page and pick one.

Thank You Dad!

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I took my son Max to a gamer’s convention yesterday…. what a trip.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, perhaps rooms of computers, lots of video games, and tables upon tables of people playing trading card games….. and that was there to be sure, but there was a lot more to it than that.

I’ve been to my own convention, (the ISGB annual gathering) and the same mood prevailed here…

excitement, old friends seeing each other once again after a long absence, …lots of hugs and happy squeals of recognition.

Oh, but the costumes!!!! SO much fun and silliness! people had obviously been working on these works of art for some time, and the results were awesome.The main thrust was video games, and characters from video games, but also movies, cartoons and books. The creativity displayed was out of this world!

Here is a description from the website:

“Over 6,000 people attended ConnectiCon in 2008, making it New England’s largest pop culture event of the summer! Why pop culture you ask? Well, because ConnectiCon doesn’t focus on just one element of fandom, the convention’s organizers are fans of a lot of different things, so we focus on all of the awesome stuff that we like including: web comics, anime, console games, board games, table top miniatures, science fiction, fantasy, comics books, roleplaying games, live action roleplaying, collectible card games, and horror. You name it we’ve probably got something related going on, even Madden Football, and spontaneous games of Twister while folks wait in line! ConnectiCon has “Everything but the kitchen sink!”

Here are a few of my favorite images of the day ( unfortunately, I brought the wrong camera, so they’re not great shots, but you get the idea) :

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Squidward Ho!

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A collection of witches…

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This guy was great…. he ran through the event, arms outstretched, making wooshing sounds…lol

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One of the best Ghostbuster costumes at the event…. his pack was amazing!

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No comment necessary 🙂

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This dude’s armour was made entirely out of soda pop-tops… mind blowing!

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And of course …”Buddy Jesus” from the movie Dogma….hee hee

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It wouldn’t be a sci-fi / fantasy convention without these guys…

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And these ladies made the most beautiful chain mail….. though both were amazing, the red costume just blew me away! What can you do with a gazillion jump rings??

( The creator of these costumes is  Michael J Maille Designs. Thanks so much for stopping in to clarify, Michael! The red costume consists of  about 11,000+ rings and 2,400+ scales. WOW!)

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May the force be with you!

And last but not least, what would a video game conference be without this guy….?

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Bits n’ Pieces…

I’ve been scouring through my boxes and bins, and gathering together all the little bits and pieces of projects that never came to completion… little ideas I had on the torch…. there’s a LOT of them. Eggs, birds, feathers, heads, tails and wheels… and my mind is on fire with ideas.

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I love this part of creation. I’ve been taking the month off from teaching and haven’t spent a lot of time on the torch either. I’ve been enjoying hearth and home, and my garden,  but now I’m getting itchy. I can only spend so much time away from the bench before I get a little crazy. So it’s back to the torch. I started a piece yesterday, and the first parts of it are out of the kiln. It’s weird stuff, but it’s making me smile, so it’s all good.

I’ve been inspired my Teesha Moore’s  zettiology images for the last couple of days… well obsessed really, and have been sitting down to the torch with her catalog by my side… What fun!

The piece I’m working on will be an androgynous being… on wheels… bird perched on the head. 🙂 I’m trying to figure out the wheel assembly, and I think I have it. We’ll see. It will be a couple more days until it’s completed. More heads today… might be a bird’s head on the body instead.. not sure. With feathers perhaps!

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On another subject… I have a new bird design that I love…with  tail feathers!

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And I’ve found a solution to the feet problem I’ve been having, so the foot design has changed. They’re much more solid. If anyone had any issues with breakage of bird’s feet, PLEASE let me know… I’ll work out a solution. No broken little dirty birdie feet allowed! I want you to be a happy bird owner!

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K….. back to work… have a great day!!!