I always find it challenging to apply to a show with a theme. In this case, I had to create pieces that evoked peacocks. I find these birds so interesting! Originating in India, they have been brought to the USA by collectors and added to neighborhoods and gardens, such as the Arboretum. Only the males posses the unique fan tail and when unfurled, use it to attract mates.
This is one of my pieces that was accepted to the Pasadena Society of Artists Peacock Show at the L.A. County Arboretum.
I chose to concentrate on the distinctive feathers and color palette of a peacock's train. In this piece, I used the surface decoration style of mishima and drew a stencil-like bit of the feather. The background glaze colors mimic the real life colors of an actual peacock.
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter