Connie Converse Portrait – Ceramic Tile

May 20, 2013 § 8 Comments

This week I wanted to share about a small ceramic piece I made while living on the Thai-Burma border.

Connie Converse, Glazed Ceramic Tile, 3.5 x 3.5" (8.9 x 8.9 cm), 2011

Connie Converse, Glazed Ceramic Tile, 3.5 x 3.5″ (8.9 x 8.9 cm), 2011

It features a portrait of the musician Connie Converse who mysteriously disappeared in 1974. If you love pretty melodies and witty lyrics do yourself a favor . . . you can listen to her beautiful songs and buy her album here.

Sarah Wilmer + Mike Schultz, Connie Converse Album Cover, 2009

Sarah Wilmer + Mike Schultz, Connie Converse Album Cover, 2009

My friend David Herman of Squirrel Things Recordings remastered Connie’s music and put out this outstanding album of songs that she recorded in New York City in 1950’s. I was involved with the project when photographer Sarah Wilmer and I had the honor of making the Connie Converse album artwork.

A photo of myself sculpting in clay in Mae Sot, Thailand, 2011.

Here I am sculpting in clay in Mae Sot, Thailand, 2011.

When I was living in Thailand I found myself listening to Connie’s music quite a bit. I had made some drawings of her and thought it might be fun to make David and his lady, the painter Sayaka Nagata, a small keepsake of Connie for their shelf.  (Check out Sayaka’s painting of Connie Converse!)

Clay Connie Converse tile in process, 2011.

Clay Connie Converse tile in process, 2011.

Connie Converse tile in the window.

Connie Converse tile in the window.

I made the tile while working with the Puzzlebox Art Studio located in Mae Sot, Thailand after picking up a bit of relief sculpting from Thai ceramicist Komol Kongcharern.

Here are some images of the process. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

Painting underglaze on a similar tile featuring a heart.

Painting underglaze on a similar tile featuring a heart.

Glazed tiles prepped to go into the Kiln.

Glazed tiles prepped to go into the Kiln.

Thai ceramicist Komol with a full kiln, pre-firing.

Thai ceramicist Komol Koncharern with a full kiln pre-firing.

Loading the kiln at the Puzzlebox Art Studio, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2011.

Loading the kiln at the Puzzlebox Art Studio, Mae Sot, Thailand, 2011.

Connie tile and other work in the kiln ready to be burned!

Connie tile and other work in the kiln ready to be burned!

Connie Converse tile post 1st underglaze firing before the application of clear glaze.

Connie Converse tile post first underglaze firing before the application of clear glaze.

Getting the stink eye from a temple cat.

Getting the stink eye from a temple cat in Pai, Thailand, 2011.

The tile in its new home.

The tile in its new home in Brooklyn, NY.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

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