Saturday, April 7, 2012

But now for the first time I understand

I did a quick search for a Song poem online for this post and this one jumped out at me. I feel it relates to some of the paintings I have been working on lately. But anyway I heard some interesting news this week. A Song dynasty bowl recently sold at auction for 26.7 million U.S. dollars. That is an astonishing amount of money and is hard to comprehend. It's interesting to consider how many bowls could be purchased from practicing makers today. Here is a poem from the Song Dynasty by Wang Li.
"In my dream I scratch my head and get up and listen.
I listen and listen, until the dawn.
All my life I have heard rain,
and I am an old man;
but now for the first time I understand
the sound of spring rain
on the river at night."

- Yang Wanli
AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A handle and jars to share

I should be posting some paintings and drawings soon. But how long have I been saying that? I haven't really liked much of my work lately. But when do I anyway? This is just a quick post. I found this link through one of my favourite pottery blogs . The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery has some interesting work online to explore. These aren't the best photographs that I have seen from a museum website but there is an interesting variety of work.From Pitcher handle fragments to English delftware. What else could anyone want from a website? Though there search function needs to be improved.D

Saxo Norman Pitcher Handle

Drug (Ointment) Jar

Pharmacy Jar