Study Abroad: Italy by Allen Ball

       From May 18 to June 30th I will be traveling to Italy to study history and art on site. The trip entails a full month in Rome with side trips and weekend excursions to Ostia, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, and small hill towns along the way. I will also post updates of my travels on the website's Instagram.

Experiments in Texture by Allen Ball

This burnished and pit fired pinch pot egg is the start of new explorations in texture and visual density in both painting and ceramics. I am especially looking to produce paintings which have a tactile and visually rich surface that includes elements of abstaction in a representative body of work. 

 This pinch pot egg was made using 5th century Mesoamerican pottery techniques.

This pinch pot egg was made using 5th century Mesoamerican pottery techniques.

New Signing Seal for Ceramics by Allen Ball

A new permanent signing seal will be used to sign all new ceramic work. This seal or stamp features a new design and a much smaller size at 7mm as opposed to the large 3/4 inch seal used in the past. The newly designed signing seal emphasizes an abstracted bumblebee hidden in my initials.

 

 

 A ball of clay stamped with the new signing seal. 

A ball of clay stamped with the new signing seal.