"To Spring From the Hand" is a new film on DVD about the life and work of Paulus Berensohn. I just viewed the trailer. The little bit I saw brought tears to my eyes... Paulus has always felt like a kindred spirit ever since my friend Jo Jeffers introduced me to his book "Finding One's Way In Clay" in the late 60's after I had finished my masters in painting at the University of Michigan. This book, in the words of Paulus, "bit me in the ass!". It was so fresh and so full of meaning, process, and poetry that "Finding One's Way in Clay" became my "guiding star" led me right down the path to "clay". It also became my "bible" for teaching. Paulus was my mentor some 20 plus years before I met him. While living in Anchorage, Alaska, I decided to attend a concentration in clay at Penland. Paulus talked to my group about his time in Australia with the Aborigines. I was so awestruck and shy, I said very little but just observed and listened... It was many years later before I got to know him a bit while having lunch with our mutual friend Kitty Couch. Finally, when Jenny Mendes and I taught "Cross Pollination" at Penland, Paulus joined us. It seemed like we got to know one another as if by osmosis because the 3 of us shared a corner of downstairs clay for 2 glorious weeks. The whole room abounded with Paulus energy that lit the studio up with a quiet and soft glow....How very fortunate we all were to share that experience... I will always have a vision of Paulus greeting the sun each morning with head and hands raised.
Thank you Paulus for all that you have given us.....
I just ordered my copy of "Spring From the Hand" and can hardly wait for it to arrive. I cannot recommend it highly enough so check it out! wwwspringfromthehand.
I have almost completed the work in clay for 2 major works. One will be an installation of the whole Pod forms and another will be comprised of Half-Pod forms that will be displayed, stem down and tip up.
The original black eyed Susans were a gift from my friend Ginny Tate, a friend, colleague and fellow gardener. Now they are all over my yard but this is the best year ever! The gold finches are going to absolutely be thrilled this fall as their seeds are one of the gold finch favorites.
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Ryan... Happy Birthday to you !...
This little guy or gal lives on my red hibiscus plant full time! For weeks now I check several times a day and I can always find him on this one plant. I love it that he chows down on the bugs that like my hibiscus!
Familiarizing myself with both the institution where my work is going, the people that work in the space and the actual site where the work will be shown, is all part of my preparation for a show or for a commissioned piece.
Thank you Ian for your support, your friendship and for creating my beautiful web site that I have enjoyed all these years!!!!!!! www.aliceballard.com
Ian Borsook and his photographer wife Alice came to visit my studio many years ago while visiting our friend, Anne Barr, here in Greenville, SC. It was one of those instant "likes" that developed into long-distance friendship. Ian was pretty insistent, if I remember correctly, that he could do a much better job on my web site than the one I had at the time. Well, he was absolutely right! Over the years, I have had and continue to have constant complements on this elegant site. It has been a great source of pride for me and a marvelous tool for sharing my work and advancing my career. I will never be able to thank him enough for this generous gift but this is a stab at it.
I want very much to keep this site in place to provide a broader look at my work over the years but would also like to add this new site/blog with Squarespace. My son Ryan Munn felt it was time for me to start being more actively involved in the benefits of social media and the age of technology. If you read the first blog post, you know all about the process we went through to get to this point. The resulting blog and site on Squarespace allows me to manage current and up coming events in a timely fashion. It is also a better way for me to manage the inventory of work.
In the future, you will be able to find a link for www.aliceballard.com in the left hand column under links. I hope you will visit this site to enjoy what Ian created for me and for my work. In addition he created a beautiful site for my husband Roger Dalrymple www.rogerdalrymple.com . We will forever be grateful to Ian for our elegant, thoughtful and professionally done web sites and hope to see them often in the future on their visits to South Carolina.
With warmest regards and special thanks to Ian and Alice for their friendship and support...
What's happening just outside my studio? One of summer's delights - spending time with grandchildren!
"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama
I love this image - the face of "Peace". . .