I know that I have mentioned, and have shown pictures, from certain bowls in the series I did, “Night Bazaar”, so here is the full image of the installation from my show. It consists of 12 crystalline bowls: 4 bowls in cobalt crystalline, 4 bowls in copper crystalline, and 4 bowls in ivory crystalline. As I was throwing the bowls I had come up with this idea to glaze them in the crystalline glazes that I mixed, but to have part of each bowl dipped in a non-crystalline navy glaze. I wanted to spark a different interest in the bowl itself. As I was making 12 of them, I was trying to think of an interesting and different way to display them. I thought, no one has ever really hung a bowl like this before…so I went for it. Professors encouraged me not to because it was just too different, but I figured that is the point of being innovative. Go for it! If it doesn’t quite work rearrange the display and try different things until it does work. When I came up with this installment of the bowls I really liked it. I think it really encourages the viewer to get up close and take a look at the bowls from all angles, and that is what I wanted.
Ok, so the title of the piece…What does that mean? I came up with “Night Bazaar” because it reminded my of the night bazaar that took place in Bangkok, Thailand. I went to Thailand four years ago with my college field hockey team. We spent one week in Bangkok and a second week in Chang Mai. It was such an incredible trip, and one that I think about and remember fondly. Every evening in Bangkok, the streets would transform into this great night bazaar. Venders would set up their tents and tables, up and down all of the streets to sell their merchandise. There was everything: clothing, jewelery, food, decorations, artwork, etc. It was such an exciting event that carried on through the night. This happened every night! It was so neat. The streets just came alive! Well, in creating this piece, I felt like my bowls were coming alive in a different way when they were displayed like this and I kept thinking of the Night Bazaar in Thailand. So, that is where my title comes from.