Monday, October 18, 2010

OK so...lot of info to put in here.

I have just finished my first set of dishes. They are based on the idea of recycling. I basically took already-made plastic and paper-ware to create something permanent out of clay. I placed clay inside and outside of the vessels and let the slabs of clay fall naturally within the contours of the vessels. I got a result that looks a little bit like wilted flowers or "pie crust" as some have put it. I am still debating how I am going to glaze them.
In regard to where I am going with future ideas, I made a list of things that inspire me(see below). I don't know how to illustrate everything but I have made some sketched and some digital compositions. For my next collection I am thinking about Morocco and Trivets to form a collection of "non-functional" dinnerware. I would also like to incorporate Swarovski crystal (and possibly other mediums) into them as well.
In addition to my work we are supposed to talk about a piece of writing we have read but I am not sure I have read about anything that relates to my work. The closest thing I can think of is what I have been learning in Anthropology about cultures that don't even use dishes. I wonder if that is where I got the idea to do "non-functional" dinnerware.

Finally... you asked for a recipe, I'm assuming you mean food. Anyways, I decided to do one for Salt and Pepper Kugel. Kugel is a Jewish (European) food that is made with noodles or potatoes and is made sweet with fruit or with spices.

Salt and Pepper Kugul
1 pound medium noodles
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp onion flakes
8 eggs, well beaten
1 tblsp matzo meal

Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large pot cook noodles until very soft. Drain but do not rinse. Place noodles in a large bowl and add salt and pepper. Add oil, parsley, and onion flakes and mix well. Add eggs to noodles and fold mixture until mixed well. Add 1 tbsp matzo meal and fold. Pour mixture into baking pan, sprinkle a little paprika on the top. Bake on 350 degrees for 1 hr to 1 and a 1/2 hours.
-When done, cut into squares.

My List

As a start to create a sketchbook for this class, I decided to make a list of everything that inspires me (in no particular order)

hair, specifically braids
belly dancing
nature- leaves, twigs, flowers
how fabric falls
ink blots
cool shapes
reductive methods
cut-away things
being spontaneous
make-up/ changed appearances
shiney objects
weird archecture
things that are soft
contours of the body
water- dripping, splashing, swimming
Ancient Egypt
auras/chakras/color therapy
medical conditions- Fibromyalgia

And More...