San Diego Weddings and Unique Portraits

Welcome to my archived blog space for Papaya Sky Photography. I ran Papaya Sky Photography part time in addition to my day job from the end of 2009 to 2012. After my son turned a few months old I decided to retire the business in order to focus more of my time on my two young kids and my day job.

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~Jennifer Gaughran

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bragging Rights

My mom got back into her ceramic arts after taking a break to raise her family, run an aerobics studio, and become a third degree blackbelt and teacher in Aikido. I guess she figured she wanted a change from all of the strenuous activities in her life. ;)  Even so, her approach to ceramics is much more physical than you would find from a typical art hobbiest setting up an easel and quietly mixing their colors before dabbing them thoughtfully on a canvas. I've seen her lug around 50-pound bags of clay and then spend hours at a time wedging and coiling for her latest ceramic sculpture. Needless to say, if the rest of us decided to try that out for a year we'd get serious guns too, and places like 24-hour Fitness would be out of business.

She's gotten numerous pieces in shows since starting up again, and this year was no exception. Three of her beautiful ceramic sculptures were featured in the Del Mar (San Diego) Fair this year, and I was fortunate enough to be the one to take the application photos for each piece. It's always a pleasure to work with subjects that are so photogenic!

Button Box, which also won a special award!

Landscape #2: This one actually hangs on the wall, which is a bit different than many of the pieces she's done.

Creature From The Swamp: This cool creature is almost three feet tall, which is quite a feat when it comes to coiling!

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