When I look at the images and info that I have, this Blog Subject area will be several postings.
Since spring here is already bursting at the seams, there will also likely be some garden visuals.
WITH ANY LUCK, IT SHOULD BE WORTH THE WAIT!
PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF,
I’M A MAN OF CLAY AND GLAZE
PUSHED MUD AROUND FOR SEVENTY YEARS
OR TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DAYS.
Robin Hopper is a man of many parts, mostly worn out, rusty or dysfunctional, due to a lifetime of excesses! He started working with clay at the age of three and is still doing it over 70 years later. His lengthy, peripatetic career as a mudpusher has included side trips into working as a Professional Actor, Stage Designer, Property Maker, Stage Manager, Stage Carpenter, Grocer, Greengrocer, Jazz Musician, Teapot, Wine and Beer-Bottle, Trumpet, Trombone and Bugle Player, European Travel Guide, Founder of Several Clay/Art/Craft Organizations, Alchemist, Geologist, Primatologist, Linguist, Ornithologist, Botanist, Ceramic Historian, Educator, Author, Garden Designer, Lecturer on Japanese Garden Design, Laborer and Star of Stage, Screen and Potter’s Wheel!
|CORYLUS CONTORTA - SIR HARRY LAUDER'S WALKING STICK TREE|
|IRIS UNGUIICULARIS - ALGERIAN IRIS|
|RHODODENDRON - PINK DIAMOND|
|PULMONARIA - Spilt Milk|
|DAFFODILS, SKIMMIA, JAPANESE HOLLY and VIOLA Labradorica|
|HELLEBORUS Orientalis - Prince Igor|
MAHONIA Japonica - SWEET CHARITY with VARIEGATED BAMBOO
DENDRITIC LIMESTONE WITH TREE OR FERN-LIKE PATTERNS (DENDRITES) NATURALLY OCCURRING THROUGH ACIDIC SOLUTIONS PLUS NATURAL PIGMENTS LIKE IRON, MANGANESE SEEPING THEIR WAY INTO SEDIMENTARY ALKALINE ROCK STRATA. IT MIGHT TAKE HUNDREDS OF YEARS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN IN NATURE. IN HARDER, METAMORPHIC, ROCK FORMS THESE DENDRITIC FORMATIONS BECOME THE GEMSTONE CALLED MOSS AGATE.
MOCHAWARE IMITATES THIS PHENOMENON IN A MATTER OF SECONDS BY USING THE PRINCIPLE OF ACID-ALKALI REACTION.
EARLY 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH MOCHAWARE FROM THE REGION OF CORNWALL. TRAILED AND BANDED WITH MANGANESE DIFFUSIONS ON WHITE SLIP,
OR LIQUIFIED WHITE CLAY. BLACK TRAILING IS DONE WITH A MANGANESE AND RED CLAY SLIP - EARTHENWARE
I GET INSPIRED BY HISTORICAL WORK, ADAPT TO MY OWN FORM CONCEPTS AND INTERPRET THE IDEAS ACCORDINGLY. I THEN HOPE TO COME UP WITH PURELY PERSONAL OBJECTS. THE FORMS ARE MAINLY LIMITED TO VARIATIONS ON GEOMETRY, CIRCLES, OVALS, PARABOLAS, SQUARES AND RECTANGLES.
THE WAY THAT I WORK IS TO FIRST FIND OUT ALL THAT I CAN ABOUT THE PROCESS AND ITS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS. I THEN DECIDE WHAT COLORS OF SLIP AND DIFFUSIONS I WANT TO WORK WITH AND TEST THEM UNTIL I HAVE WHAT I WANT. THE OBJECTS ARE THEN MADE AND WHEN LEATHER HARD THE SLIP WORK AND DIFFUSIONS ARE DONE. WITH PRACTICE, ONE CAN MAKE DIFFUSIONS THAT EITHER LOOK LIKE ONE TREE OR A WHOLE LANDSCAPE. SINCE I USE HIGH-FIRED VITREOUS PORCELAIN, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO GLAZE THE SURFACE.
RH- PORCELAIN DISC FORM - IRON AND MANGANESE MOCHA DIFFUSIONS WITH RUTILE AND WHITE SLIPS - UNGLAZED EXTERIOR - GLAZED INTERIOR
GAS FIRED REDUCTION TO CONE 10
|ROBIN HOPPER - PHOTO BY CAT RUSSELL|