Does it seem to you that artists are being influenced more by popular reality television programs that suggest creativity be driven by a theme? In the instance of music, artists often create with something playing in the background. In fact, in some studios there have been debates about what music should be played, and how long before the type of music is changed. That is reality.
Artists, and potters in this instance, may be inspired by the beat or score, and that is believable. Then again, some may be motivated by what they hear in their head or feel in their heart.
Here is a bit of history.
“The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre (240 ha; 0.94 sq mi) dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.”
Noted is this list of samples and taste of unique descriptives.
- “Arias of art”
- “ceramic vessels gettin' jiggy wit' songsters, musical genres and melodic inspiration”
See the annotated list below.
“Get Into the Groove: Inspiration not silent as artists bust a move with mud
Alexandria, Va., March 31, 2014 -- Music is taking a turn on the potter's wheel as clay artists present pop tune-inspired pieces, cutting loose with clay and mamboing with mud, creating arias of art at the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Scope Gallery.
The Kiln Club has turned into the hottest spot in town with ceramic vessels gettin' jiggy wit' songsters, musical genres and melodic inspiration. While neighboring Art League Gallery shows wall art of everyday objects with cultural references in its "Pop Art" show, Kiln Club artists demonstrate popular music influencing decorative and functional ceramics in "Get Into the Groove."
Shake it with a spiraled lidded jar splashed with iridescent glaze, mirroring the driving beat of "Hollywood Nights" by Bob Seger. "Little Bird" by Ed Sheeran provides a romantic indie folk backdrop for a playful teapot with sculpted bird details.
Songful tastes translate onto the dining room table as vessels are paired with a musical muse. The smooth crooning of Nat King Cole's "Autumn Leaves" inspire elegant vases and platters impressed with oak and maple foliage in a natural palette. Songbird creamers paired with sweet sugar bowls show "why birds suddenly appear" with the opening notes of Karen Carpenter's "Close to You." Handpainted Spring-themed dishware recalls classical trills and soaring notes of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."
Expressive sculptures are inspired by the passionate staccato rhythm of Argentine tangos while hand painted strutting roosters on stoneware bowls and cups are spin-offs from Puccini arias.
Mudslinging artists naturally gravitate toward hard rock, and The Rolling Stones classic, "You Can't Always get What you Want," is embodied by a rockin' set of golden salt-and-pepper shakers. Plucky Beatles also get a nod with a sculpted guinea piggy bank crowned 'Ringo,' over other kings of pop.
Crawling into the auditory consciousness of an artist is an interesting exploration. Interpretation from ear through arm creates an edgy quality that sings uniquely from an earthy perspective. Dig these musical motivations with mud!"
The Kiln Club show runs March 31 to April 27, Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The Art League show runs April 9 to May 5, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m. with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed April 20, Easter. The galleries are located at 105 North Union Street, ground floor, Alexandria, VA. 22314. For further information call the Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.