In my first blog post about the Cup Exhibit at SAC, I wanted to get the word out about the show before it closed. (Click here for a quick reread.) Now for a look at a cup that just “blew my mind”. This porcelain cup by Grace Sheese is titled “Kindergarten Lessons”.
This cup was one of two cups on display by this artist. I was immediately curious and couldn’t wait to pick it up. When I did, I was rewarded with many surprises. It was a well balanced vessel despite the visible purposeful irregularities. Faceting created soft angles for surface decoration. A “bump out” guided my hand to close around the form in a specific way. Flip it over (as every potter does) and hello pig who has just eaten his veggies? or perhaps they are friends: meat and veg… and that is one of the “Kindergarten Lessons”?
Ceramicist Grace Sheese “makes functional objects that are meant to be touched, held and used everyday. She strives to make them in such a way that they are not invisible and that they should be noticed, because they can say something new everyday.”
I found another wonderful cup (below) on her website. Click over to see more of her whimsical work.
She teaches workshops. The one at Snow Farm in Williamstown, MA called “Storytelling with Pottery” at the end of May looks like one I would love to do. I’ll add that to my Wish List!