Both Elegant and Kitschy

My favourite salt and pepper shaker set that transforms the surface it sits on from a hard surface to one that implies the surface’s permeability is this one: It consists of just those two quite elegant and curvy triangular shapes–each on their own an interestingly abstract sculpture, perhaps.  But somehow, together, their representational intent becomesContinue reading “Both Elegant and Kitschy”

Duck, Ducking

Here is a mysterious object: Some kind of abstract sculpture, perhaps?  Or is it a ghost or an alien or a member of the Ku Klux Klan carrying scrolls?  Or are those sausages, perhaps, or maybe cat-tails? Cat-tails they are.  For if I place this shaker beside its partner, all is revealed: Those are inContinue reading “Duck, Ducking”

Eggs Past and/or Eggs to Come

Once more, no eggs are visible in this salt and pepper shaker set But clearly, you can’t have a chicken (or a rooster) without an egg first, right?  And if you have a chicken (and, of course, a rooster) then there is a good possibility that you might some time soon have an egg orContinue reading “Eggs Past and/or Eggs to Come”

The Invisible Egg(s)

In this series of posts, I’ve been focussing on what I have identified as eleven eggs that are part of my salt-and-pepper shaker set collection.  But it has just occurred to me that there might, in fact, be twelve, or even more, albeit more implied than actually seeable.  Consider this set: It is, clearly, aContinue reading “The Invisible Egg(s)”

One of Chicken’s Children Got Shoes

The fifth or sixth egg of the eleven in my salt and pepper shaker collection is most notable for its footwear: This freak of nature was born with its shoes already on, it seems. How the shoes got inside the shell is unclear–unless perhaps, those are not shoes at all, but this particular chick’s actualContinue reading “One of Chicken’s Children Got Shoes”

The Moment of Birth (Ab Ovo)

These eggs show some apparently miniature chicks in the process of bursting through their shells: They thus represent the transition from purely abstract, as the eggs in my last post, to cute.  I’m not sure exactly why, but they even seem to be smiling–very optimistic and upbeat as they enter their new world, wings flappingContinue reading “The Moment of Birth (Ab Ovo)”

All Nature Is But Art

This is another set of salt-and-pepper shakers that my son Asa made me, this one a few years ago. As you can see from this view of their tops, he made them of modelling clay formed around an already-existing set of plain ceramic shakers. I’ve asked Asa for an explanation of what he intended themContinue reading “All Nature Is But Art”

Ménage à trois petits cochons

Since I’m on the subject of pigs on top of other pigs (see my last post), consider these: As you can tell from the expression on his/her face, the pig on the bottom either is not happy about being piled on or is so happy about it that it’s put her or him into aContinue reading “Ménage à trois petits cochons”