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Pixel + Bristle

For those that weren’t in town for Pixel + Bristle, Worker Bee Supply put together this cute little video:

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Looking East – last chance

100 porcelain tiles at Convenience

100 porcelain tiles at Convenience

Two weeks left to see my show at Convenience Gallery.

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Show closes March 2nd.

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Looking East runs January 3rd to March 2nd, 2014

You can read my artist statement here.

convenience
24/7 window gallery
58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto M6K 2V9
(at Seaforth Avenue, one block North of Queen)

convenience is a window gallery that provides an opening for art
that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm


Looking East at Convenience Gallery

ianphillipsillustration-silvertileTake a walk on Lansdowne Avenue, just a couple of blocks north of Queen Street, in Parkdale and take a gander at my new porcelain tiles!

Many thanks to Alexx at rcboisjoli studios for helping me with this project. Here’s a look at the process involved:

A plaster mold is made using a form made from wood

A plaster mold is made using a wood form

Porcelain slip is poured into the mold. Once it's dried it’s placed in the kiln for a bisque firing

Porcelain slip is poured into the mold. Once it’s dry it’s placed in the kiln for a bisque firing

After the first of three firings, it’s rough edges are sanded off. A clear glaze is applied before going back into the kiln for the glaze firing

After the first of three firings, it’s rough edges are sanded down. A clear glaze is applied before going back into the kiln for the glaze firing

Decals are made to fit the glazed tile, applied, and back into the kiln for a final low-fire

Decals are made to fit the glazed tile. Once printed and applied, the tile returns into the kiln for a third and final low-temperature firing

Four tiles, fresh from the kiln

Four tiles, fresh from the kiln

Close up

A closer look

Looking East runs January 3rd to March 2nd, 2014

You can read my artist statement here.

convenience
24/7 window gallery
58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto M6K 2V9
(at Seaforth Avenue, one block North of Queen)

convenience is a window gallery that provides an opening for art
that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm


pas de chance at the bookfair!

 

1093920_608632935824114_930069413_oI’ll be there! with a table full of my wares: pas de chance books, art prints, objects. This is the first book fair I’ve done in about ten years, hoping to see a lot of familiar faces! More info here.


Coming Soon!

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Spent the day silk-screen printing and heat-pressing some new metallic prints. It’s a little tricky printing on black paper in a ceramic studio!

More soon!!!


Studio Visit: Jerry Torre

Jerry showing me the raw stone which he imports from Italy

Jerry showing me the raw stone which he imports from Italy

One of the highlights of my trip to New York was a visit with the Marble Faun of Grey Gardens, Jerry Torre, in his studio at The Art Students League of New York.

What a delightful and gentle man!

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Jerry and Harvest

Jerry began pursuing his interest in stone-carving about six years ago. Now he spends nearly every day in the studio refining his craft and teaching other students what he has learned.

Dressed in an adorable sailor outfit and Albert Maysles’ eyeglasses, Jerry demonstrated his craft and spoke to me of his passion for stone.

Jerry is moving towards sculpting figures

Jerry is moving towards sculpting figures

This will become a horse’s head

Following the grain, there’s a horse’s head inside this piece of stone

Jerry at work on Tower:

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Jerry working on Tower 01

Not only does Jerry find time to work on his stone carving (and teaching!), he is working on an auto-biography and is starring in the upcoming documentary film: The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens. In the film, Jerry talks about his childhood, his time at Grey Gardens, his world travels, his life as a New York City cab driver, and the adversity he has faced throughout life’s journey.

Jerry, I look forward to spending more time with you next time I am in town!

Visit Jerry’s Blog.

A clip from the upcoming film:


National Ballet of Canada Colouring Book

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A few years back I designed and illustrated a colouring book for the National Ballet of Canada. It was something to keep the kids performing in The Nutcracker busy with backstage, while they were waiting to perform.

Grant Heaps, who works in the wardrobe department took one of the drawings and made a quilt with it. Watch and listen to Grant talk about his work at the ballet here.

The Nutcracker starts this Thursday at the Four Seasons Centre.


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