To start our John Mason research, we went to Google and typed in "John Mason" and got 38,500,000 hits. After looking through our Google results, we went to the EBSCO Host database that we got off the Otis Library website. From there, we found two journals, "John Mason: Upping the Ante" by Kathleen Whitney and "The Necessary Depth – A Conversation with John Mason” sourced by Works + Compositions; 2012, issue 23, page 42-55, 14p. After looking through the journals, we went to the Otis Library website to search for a book on John Mason. The book is titled “John Mason: November 18 - December 30, 2000” by the Frank Lloyd Gallery. This experience was helpful because we were able to go through the variety of research resources that Otis provides for the students. It took longer to find a book in the library than expected while the databases results are right at our fingertips therefore are easier and faster. This was a great experience and was also very helpful in many different ways.
Color & Fire- Jo Lauria.
By watching Color and Fire, I can see that to produce a documentary film does not require many tools and equipment; however, it does require a lot of time, effort, and patience. Jo Lauria mentioned that for the Color and Fire, there was only one film person and a sound person and when the sound person was out she was the replacement. To create a successful film, equipment is not what’s important, instead a main purpose of the film is needed, which in the Color and Fire’s case is pretty well thought out and clear. A trustworthy group/staff is important in creating a good working environment, which allows the film process to be enjoyable and possible. Each person in the group must be willing to contribute with anything when other areas such as equipment seem to lack or fall short. With a great team and understanding of a main goal, a successful and inspiring documentary will be produced.
To be a curator like Jo Lauria, one will need to work their way up. Jo Lauria mentioned that it took years to get to where she is today. She started as a curator for other museums such as LACMA and for a exhibition known as Craft in LA. She was a also a guest curator for the Fresno Art Museum. From the many experiences and her own personal talent and hard work, Jo Lauria is now where she is today as a independent curator and a art/design historian.
Attending Harrison McIntosh’s 100th birthday celebration was something I have never experienced before. To see all of these people come together for this one amazing man who has done beautiful ceramic pieces in him lifetime was quite a sight. Harrison McIntosh’s pieces were all very well refined and glazed. The designs were not too over top and allowed me to appreciate the pottery as a whole more. The curved lines in his pottery were strikingly smooth and pleasing to the eye; it gave the ceramic pieces an elegant and warm feel. McIntosh is truly the “master of subtle curves, hand-drawn decorative elements, and a modern approach to classical forms”. In each piece you can really see McIntosh’s effort in attempting to perfect each of his works to make the perfect pot. McIntosh’s story and works has inspired me to never give up on a lifetime goal because when done with patience and hard work, you will be rewarded and become a legend just like Harrison McIntosh.
Another amazing artist that was present at Harrison McIntosh’s birthday celebration was Amado Pena. Amado Pena’s featured works focused on the collaboration with Rich Lopez. I actually got to meet Amado Pena in person at the museum which was nice because I was able to hear his real thoughts. Pena’s collaboration with Lopez was taken place in the Southwest where they created ceramic pieces that consisted of Native American figures and interesting landscape scenes in the background on various plates and pots. Their designs included elements off their native cultures traditions. Pena said himself that he was in charge of the iconic glazing on ceramic titles while Lopez created the vivid patterns on the ceramic basket frames.
So far in Clay in LA class I feel that I have had a good chance to share my ideas and collaborate with students in my class. This is a nice way to get to know poeple and be comfotable with working with each other as the class progresses. I peronally do not have a problem with sharing and working with others because I have a twin sister and I always shared with her. I love working with others and I believe that a project is more successful when others contribute ideas. An example would be artists like Amado Pena and Rich Lopez who did a very successful collaboration together.