Tuesday, October 11, 2011

7th Annual Lillstreet Student Member Show

This year's show got off to a very successful start on 10/10.  We've received positive feedback from the people who had a chance to walk through the show.  Let us know what you think from these photos; or, better yet, come and see for yourself.

Marc Digeros was here

The pieces constructed by the participants of the Marc Digeros workshop have been bisque fired.  Here's a look:

Totem -- in Two Parts

It must have taken weeks, if not more than a month, to complete the two pieces.  She's climbed up stools, chairs, step ladder, tables, etc.  Then she had to climb down.  She's sculpted the torso, the "legs" and the head.  Put them all together and then taken them apart again so it would fit it the kiln.  That's what I call dedication.

One of the two totem.  Standing.

The final fit.
The "dismembered" totem.

The totems completed the glaze firing process on Tuesday, October 4 and were unloaded on October 5.  Here are the pictures post glaze firing.

Out of the kiln.

All assembled and displayed in the gallery!

Come see Mary's completed Totem at the Lillstreet Student Member Show.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Million Bones . . .

In Spring of 2013, one million bones - made by artists, activists, and students - will flood our nation's capital.

One Million Bones is a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma.
The Mission of One Million Bones is to create a visible movement that will increase global awareness of these atrocities while raising the critical funds needed to protect and aid displaced and vulnerable survivors.
For One Million Bones to realize its vision, we need people to create and donate bones for this event
Lillstreet is also participating in this event -- go here for more information on how Lillstreet will be contributing to this effort.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Marc Digeros at Lillstreet

Marc Digeros conducted a two-day workshop on Handbuilding with Soft Slabs at Lillstreet on September 24th and 25th.  Soft slabs are difficult to maneuver in that it does not want to stay upright or keep its shape.  The natural tendency for soft slab is to collapse in on itself.  During this workshop, Marc showed the participants that there are many desirable qualities gained when building with soft slabs.  Marc used a combination of paper patterns, templates and drop molds to make predominantly functional forms.  During these two days, Marc spent a large part of the day on demos.  On Saturday, September 24th, March also presented a slide show on his career and shared with the artist community at Lillstreet about his inspiration and process.

Paper Pattern

Other than construction techniques, Marc will also focus on surface decoration considerations and discuss the aesthetic of the slab built form.

Some of the workshop participants:

Marc Digeros received his MFA from the University of Washington and his BFA from the University of Minnesota. He has taught at schools in the Los Angeles area including CSU (California State University) Northridge, CSU Long Beach, as well as the University of Southern California.  To see more of Marc’s work, please visit his website

Workshop work in progress:

Completed piece:

Other work by Marc: