Here is the latest update on the Jeremiah Tree that will be on display for ArtPrize. Before Andrew, Noah and I all left for Saranac for the month, I wanted to lay out my whole installation piece and see how it was looking. It was a good way for me to be able to see if I have enough leaves and river plates. Plus, it is time for an update! All of the pieces are fully glazed, so I think it is looking pretty good. I am really excited with the way it is turning out. In a lot of ways, I think it is looking better than I had anticipated: the trunk in particular. It really looks like bark to me. I hope it generates a lot of interest while in Grand Rapids, MI.
Setting up the river plates, I have decided that I would like to make just a few more. I would like the “river” portion of my installation to extend a bit further. At first I was a bit discouraged by the way the river plates fired. I was hoping that they would be covered in big bold crystals, rather than just the rims of the plates. Now after looking at them for a while, I really like them. The smooth, glassy surface of the cobalt glaze really does make me think of water the way it mimics and reflects the images around it.
Spreading out the leaves around the tree was really fun. It made the tree come alive. I think I will want to make another 150 to 200 leaves to fill in the top of the tree and make it look really full. All the leaves were glazed in the same glaze, copper crystalline, and yet there are different tones to the glaze. Some leaves are an emerald green and others are a lighter seafoam green. When they are all grouped together, though, they have the effect that the sun is shining through the leaves. It is hard to believe that in one month the Jeremiah Tree will be installed as a part of ArtPrize!