Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tree Series

Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky. For these reasons it is natural to feel we might learn wisdom from them, to haunt about them with the idea that if we could only read their silent riddle rightly we should learn some secret vital to our own lives; or even, more specifically, some secret vital to our real, our lasting and spiritual existence. - Kim Taplin, Tongues in Trees, 1989, p. 14.

This is a tree root series for my ceramics class. I had to do 3 representational and 3 abstract versions of an object, and i choose tree roots. (if you didn't already know this about me, i love trees). I would love to get some feed back and thoughts on them! hope you enjoy.

(This one is going in the show!)
Here is a closer view of the glaze, and the detail in the bark
I am still working on these, any suggestions on how to finish the big one? I'm thinking some sort of textured spray paint. I would love to hear your opinion! the smaller black one is going to have a photo on the top section of it. Images to come later. 
This piece was technically a snow catcher, but it had a tree root feel to me.