I picked up Jeremy from the airport today from his week long stay in France. It sounds like he had an amazing time and told me a little bit about it on the ride home and while we quickly ate Thai food, before he went to sleep off his jet lag. He brought me back some presents too! Having known me all his life, and having traveled with me, he knows I would not be so interested in some touristy trinket (well, unless it was absurdly kitschy or something) and he is not the type to buy such things either. What he brought me is an amazing little bit of everyday life and history that relates to the work I have been doing. Is he awesome or what?
In the picture above, in the center, is a piece of old tile, weathered by the waters of Vallauris. It is a historic ceramic factory city, and on the beach there, you can walk and find bits of worn porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta like you might find sea glass. I can see him being very inspired by that experience in his own work.
Also, in an antique store, he found a collection of delightful old keychains. I love the two above with the images of the chair and kitchen. Oh I love the kitchen one so much! It totally fits with the house and home inspired things I have been making lately and I plan to mold it to use somehow. I am looking forward to translating the words on the backs of them too. Below are some sculpted keychains made of plastics and metals. Look at the pumpkin! And bagpipes? neato! I don't know what the round one is supposed to be (any ideas?) but it is hollow and he thought I could fill it with resin. I think a mold made of the top would make a nice little bezel too.