In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge - Bowl with inscription and birds, Samanid period, 10th century

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art / Harvard Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge
January 31 - June 1, 2013

The Harvard Art Museums present In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, a special exhibition that showcases some 150 objects from the Persian cultural sphere, including luxury glazed ceramics of the early and medieval Islamic era, illustrated manuscripts of medieval epic poems, and lacquerware of the early modern era. The works in this little-known and largely unpublished collection represent 30 years of committed collecting by Mrs. Calderwood.

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This is a new work in progress piece that i made at an Adrian Arleo workshop at Bennington College. Its kind of a continuation of the plants/flowers theme I had from my senior work, but I’m taking it into a different direction. What that is exactly, I’m still trying to figure out myself.

It was SO wonderful to meet and work with Adrian Arleo and now I’m excited to fire this piece and make new work. I think 2014 is going to be a good year!!

Sorry the photos are all weird. I took them with my phone at different times so the lighting is all weird… but when its finished I will have nice photos of it. 

(@lavenderlace's arm is photobombing in the first pic. you should check out her blog if you haven't already!!)

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Preview: Erika Sanada’s “Odd Things: Daydreaming” at Antler Gallery

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on November 24, 2014

Erika Sanada’s canine sculptures are both endearing and unnerving. There’s something sweet about her ceramic puppies (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 31) despite their zombie eyes and pale, hairless skin. The dogs play, wrestle, and cuddle, but the ambiguous details in each sculpture make it possible to interpret their gestures as either tender or malicious, or perhaps a bit of both. Sanada began creating these creatures as a way of coping with anxiety. She says they represent dark elements of her mind she’s had to tame. The latest installment of her ongoing, autobiographical body of work will debut in her upcoming solo show, “Odd Things: Daydreaming,” which opens November 27 at Antler Gallery in Portland and runs through December 31.

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New work in progress on a new series I’m working on. This is my lotus blossom lady with the seeds growing out from her skin. Sorry if you are trypophobic, it freaks me out too, carving it, physically and conceptually, was a very strange, tedious, yet satisfying process. I can’t wait to finish her and I hope she makes it out alright (fingers crossed)

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Michael Boroniec: Spatial Spirals, 2013

What began with teapots and a single spiral, has evolved into a series of vases that vary in form, degree of expansion, and number of coils. Each vessel is wheel thrown then deconstructed. This process reveals aspects of the vase that most rarely encounter. Within the walls, maker’s marks become evident and contribute to the texture. The resultant ribbon effect, reminiscent of a wheel trimming, lends fragility, elegance, and motion to a medium generally perceived as hard and heavy. This emphasizes a resistance of gravity, allowing negative space to unravel and become part of the form. The result is a body of sculptural objects, resembling and born of functional vessels.