14 December 2013

quiet shapes at the Biennale - part II

Biennale
ceiling at the Belgian pavillion: Berlinde De Bruyckere
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Egyptian pavillion: Mohamed Banawy, Khaled Zaki
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Thierry De Cordier at the Palazzo Enciclopedio
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forgot which pavillion... loved this simple, sharp shape made with just a stack of piled pages!
aliteration ahoy :-p

07 December 2013

Venice without Biennale

Venice
sun shining through the lace curtains in our room @ Casa Orfeo
(wonderful guesthouse in the Cannaregio!)
textures in Venice
weathered lion on the Santa Maria delle Salute
textures in Venice
glass chandelier and ceiling in a palazzo
Murano
gate in Murano (what a waste of perfectly good tools! :-p)
Venice
Sta Maria dei Miracoli (arch. Pietro Lombardo 1480)

textures in Venice
unfinished façade

30 November 2013

quiet shapes at the Biennale - part I

Biennale


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Rosella Biscotti
Biennale
Thierry De Cordier
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forgot whose work his was - a series of sliced and polished minerals
on a light table at the Palazzo Enciclopedio.

23 November 2013

Venetian wildlife

Biennale
tadpoles at the Biennale (they were more popular than some of the pavillions!)
Murano
butterfly in Murano
Venice
tiny fish in the canal
Venice
kitty! :-p


13 November 2013

28 October 2013

In Grimani (also, hello again!)

Biennale
capturing the ceiling painting in a mirror in Palazzo Grimani in Venice
Time to resurface, for a moment. My life continues to be too busy for my own good, but it will get better (hah!). In the meantime, I've worked out a way to share my projects, adventures and inspiration with you that doesn't take up too much time, by posting photos on scheduled posts. That way I can work on a couple of posts when I find time and let them get posted once or twice a week.

It will be mostly from projects from my first year at Sint Lucas, from my tiny Grand Tour to Venice and Paris in September, and some bits and things from my Master in Art Studies (which I'm working on this year). Probably kitties too, as you know I can't leave them out!

For now: one of the highlights of my holiday was Ritsue Mishima's exhibition In Grimani. She works with glass blowers on robust vessels and objects, and places them in historical environments like this 17th Century Venetian Palazzo. It was fantastic!

More on Mishima on art tube.

Biennale
Mirror table that reflected the ceiling painting
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reflections and windows
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entrance to Palazzo Grimani

16 August 2013

02 August 2013

Sint Lucas Gent - 1Ba Keramiek & Glas

jury 2013
Open day @ Sint Lucas, our studio's tape & the restorer's blue screen
So here's what I've been doing in my year-long absence of this blog (and pretty much all of social media). As you may have noticed before, I have a thing for glass. And since 2010 I went back to college to pursue a degree in Art studies. Meanwhile I kept working in the studio whenever I could, which meant almost only in the holidays or the summer recess. My intention to get a college degree is to be able to find (part-time) work that I could combine with a studio practice, and I'm happy to say that I almost have that degree (a Ba to start with).

Of course college is hard work on its own, and I went a bit nuts from time to time because I couldn't work in the studio. I wondered why I hadn't chosen art college instead! So in my 2nd year in college I was able to finish the majority of my Ba courses, and in a wild but equally lucid moment I set out to the Open Day of St Lucas here in Ghent, the only college in Belgium (as far as I know) that offers a glass and ceramics degree. I'm seriously crazy about glass and I live in this city, so why not check it out?

I wandered in just to get some information, maybe talk to the teachers, and check out the studios. I wandered out again with the assignment for the entrance examination and lifted spirits after a wonderful talk with the ceramics teacher, Anne Ausloos. A couple of days later I realized I was actually going to do the entrance examination, and panic set in. (I always panic. I find it reassuring... ;-) ) But the examination was almost 2 weeks after my college exams, so nothing would come in the way of my college work. So I thought, why not? If I don't do this, I will regret it and always wonder what if...

So I did it. Then I got accepted. And I panicked again! :-D

That was last summer. So this past school year I've been combining both colleges and live to tell the tale... It was crazy as I had foreseen, and I pushed myself a bit too far in the effort but I'm also a bit proud that it worked. At least I think I'd be -I'm still stunned I survived it... I certainly reached my limits in what I can do, so I look forward to trying to simplify my life again. Now I'm working on the last bits of my Ba, and then I'll evaluate and see how I'm going to plan next (school)year.

So now you know why I dropped off the earth for a bit... Next time I'll show you some of the glass and ceramics adventures I've had, and maybe tell you about this Art Nouveau glass artist I'm researching, Georges Despret. I can't promise to get into a blogging routine just yet, but I'll make an effort to post again this month!

10 June 2013

K&G13 exhibibtion

Hey there -

Wondering if you still remember me -it's been more than a year!

I invite you to the studio exhibition of Glass and Ceramics at Sint Lucas Ghent! It's from June 21 to 23.

This is just a little heads-up for some of the things i've been doing since the last post on this blog, which was in May 2012! It's been quite a ride... and still is, so I have to leave you with this short note while I go back to my exam preparations for college.

I'll give you a real update in July!