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! 😀

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!

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!

Lost at E minor*

A musical analysis due tomorrow:  The 1st part, an Allegro poco, from Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto RV 484 in E minor. Have a listen:

I used to be good at this! Now I’m mostly staring at the black mass of notes with a rather puzzled expression on my face. Authentic cadences where? I-IV-V-I which way? My musical abilities are getting rusty! Oh well, I’ll just have to work a little harder than before (and I’m not quite used to that…LOL).

It’s for one of the few musicological courses left on my curriculum for my BA in musicology which I hope to get next (school) year. I’m considering to take on another major, in Fine Arts so I could at least do some research on glass, but I’ll have to find out if that’s realistic.

*Lost a E Minor is actually a blog on art & design! If you’re in need of inspiration and food for thought, that’s the place to be.

I’d better get off the internets and back to work now…

purrfect interlude

So…what do you do when you’re stressing out over your impending college exams?

– take cat pictures.

– cuddle cats.
– record purring! Here’s Yin and Isaura. There should be relaxation CDs with nothing but cat purring! Although they do sound a bit like heavy engines, come to think of it…hehe.
– repeat as needed.
– pass exams. 
I did it ! I passed the 1st semester of Art History. Now on to the next…

sketchbook project & etsy & aarghh

Boekentoren
No, the blog hasn’t been forgotten or misplaced, but as for a change this year I have been a wee bit busy, going back to college, volunteering at the Sint Lucas library and all. But it’s been great, so far! Lots of work: class, researching in the little specialist libraries all over the Blandijn next to that pretty Boekentoren (right >>). Now the deadlines for papers are coming up, and exams in January it has its share of the stressies, but… ooh it feels good to be back. So long I don’t flunk, of course. Argh! See? Stress.

I will feel better after January’s exams so I know if my study method works. The subjects aren’t too hard, but I fear my brains being rusty. LOL. We’ll see. Wish me luck!

The Sketchbook Project: 2011That means I haven’t been back at the studio, but I’ve done some little things here at home, in Ghent. Like the Sketchbook Project! An initiative by Art house coop in Brooklyn NY. The goal was to fill a moleskine sketchbook, working in a theme you could choose from a list. 
I’m quite self-conscious about my drawing and painting abilities, so I thought it would be good for me to participate and see what happened. Drawing didn’t work out, so I painted. And cut. And then I drilled. And sawed, stamped, painted some more, sewed, and was done with it. I had such a great time! Nothing like drastically altering a once pristine sketchbook.  😉 It has become a little freak… 
My theme was Night time stories and I used a quote by Breton, from his first Surrealist Manifesto, about the poet Saint-Pol-Roux leaving a placard outside his door whenever he went to sleep. The placard said: “the poet works”.

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torturing the poor thing:
sketchbook project WiP

:::: see the whole project on flickr.

The sketchbook is being sent back to Brooklyn where it will go on a tour in the US!  The neat library system (each sketchbook has a barcode) will keep all artists up to date of how many times their sketchbook has been borrowed.

And in other news, I’m back on Etsy! You can find some of the creations of last summer:

“lunar essence”
lunar essence

“green goddess”
green goddess

“a delicate balance” earrings

a delicate balance

And the website & blog have received their yearly dusting. I even went as far as to add a webpage about me/my creations. It’s not an artist statement really, but it’s a start.