Sunday, March 20, 2011

toshiko takaezu

"Toshiko Takaezu, a Japanese-American ceramist whose closed pots and torpedolike cylinders, derived from natural forms, helped to elevate ceramics from the production of functional vessels to a fine art, died on March 9 in Honolulu. She was 88.
In her stoneware and porcelain works, some small enough to fit in the palm of one hand, others monoliths more than six feet tall, Ms. Takaezu blended the expressive bravura of painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline with the calm, meditative quality of traditional Japanese pottery in forms suggestive of acorns, melons or tree trunks."

“I see no difference between making pots, cooking and growing vegetables,”

“You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used ... an artist is a poet in his or her own medium. And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive.”

read more from the NYT article here
photos of her residency at Skidmore in 1997 here
interview here

Sunday, March 6, 2011

recently acquired

a good one indeed. interviews, notes, quotations and prints, drawings and watercolors.


nice mid/late 19th and early 20th century american baskets.
wandering around online auction houses.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

hermeto pascoal

sounds of outside, outside; sounds of outside, inside.
I wish I understood Portuguese

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

two things

quick collages I made over summer and forgot about.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011




365 water glasses project

I have just started a new project for the new year, a very simple one, of drawing one glass of water every day for a year. I wanted to do something that would keep me working every day, and something simple and quick enough that I felt I could actually commit to doing it for a year. I've recently fallen out of drawing, my formal work becoming heavily collage, so this is also a way to make sure drawing doesn't fall by the way side.

I have created a tumblr to document this project, there is a more formal project statement posted as well. It's fairly modest right now, but hopefully it will come together as the project progresses, with drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, black and white or color... we'll see...

My goal right now is just to stay committed to the project, and at the end publish a book of the drawings.

The url is Please follow if you like!

Monday, January 3, 2011


love you kjw

Saturday, January 1, 2011