Wednesday, 3 March 2010
cruzing with mr moon...
howdy all, a lil hooky was played today, rose, ali and myself took a trip to stirling to a lil fancy gallery called Aptos Cruz - Milton Moon renoun adelaide potter now in his 80's is there demoing this week, this intrigued me as i've never met the guy and my only claim to fame is that he gave me 1st prize at the campbelltown art show a few years ago...thank you mr moon!
We did a glaze class at Uni a few years ago with his son Daimon Moon now a dr so i hear.. a very clever guy indeed and just listening to MM today took me back to a class i went to with Greg Daly who quoted from the book of the dead before each session... entertaining none the least and also an incredible thrower..
MM speaks in slower sylables than I and a sentence could be said to be ambling...you just never know where it will end up!! It was interesting, informative and perhaps bordering on mesmerising as we watched him spin his wheel, his home made version of a kick wheel without kicking.. the whole mechanism is soundless other than a stick winding in into momentum, the wheel itself is made of concrete and supported on a metal tripod and some wiz bang engineering i suspect!
After listening and watching and craning our necks to see exactly what he was doing with which part of each hand we wandered into the upper part of the gallery where his show was..MM is quite the writer and has published 4 books in as many years and i suspect would prefer to amble the day away in piece and quiet in his own studio than chat to the likes of us asking questions of the most simple kind...he spoke of his pots becoming something other than craft and the otherness that happens.. after destroying several forms a few squeaks of despair could be heard but not from me, a rather characteristic chuckle at the performance of destroying ones work instead!
hope you enjoy the slideshow, the video is made on my phone device so the sound isn't great but you get the idea as he talks to one of the crowd about S cracks..and thankfully the wind storms have passed by and all is quiet again....back to pots sometime tomorrow blended in with work too..