Posted by: julia
on Sep 27, 2012
It takes my breath away. There is a moment, just before the end, in working on a piece, when the vision is portrayed, the story has been told, the plan has been executed and the final engineering step is about to be made to put it all together. It means ending the process of making a particular piece and finishing the conceptual journey. The piece is created. It has a life. It has spoken. Is it done? Does it work?
There are four stages that I go through:
Thinking Through A Concept
Beginning a piece involves the process of deciding what I want to “say”. Each piece has a story, a commentary, a point to make. This MOMENT goes from a “seed” of a thought to a “blooming” idea. It percolates. It teases me. It is just a start. My way of working is to let the piece evolve. At first, it is awkward, incomplete, exciting and an unformed vision. I formulate, in my mind’s eye, the vessel shape and ultimate size and scale that I am aiming for.
I love this part. I gather materials from my studio, trying to find texture and color in ingredients that will help express the concept. These elements have an important relationship with the concept. Ordinary materials get a new life. The bones of the piece are chosen. It’s a decisive MOMENT.
Executing The Plan
Working on a piece takes time, energy, passion and persistence. I am thoughtful and committed to the concept. I am seriously engrossed in the technical details, the calculations, the connections, the architecture, the engineering. I am bonded with the materials. I am in the process, sometimes exquisite, sometimes frustrating, always a learning experience. And then, there is that MOMENT........ I am hesitant, anticipating, exhilarated, watchful. Tah dah!
Evaluating And Letting Go Of A Piece
The end result doesn’t always look like what I originally imagined. The plan evolved. It made sense, it sounded good, it got followed and altered and coaxed. Stepping away from a finished piece, I am usually pleased with the plan and the execution. It is kind of like the satisfaction of reading a good book. This MOMENT occurs and I let the piece go. Phew!