Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Fair and Art in a Box

Here are some pictures from a couple of years ago:

Ben Belknap ceramic art
Ben Belknap ceramic art
Ben Belknap ceramic art
The Holiday Fair at CCAC is this Saturday, December 3, 2011, 11 am–3 pm. I will be selling some Heads and a few other little things. Come on down! I would love to see you.

It's located on Broadway in Oakland across the street from the beginning of College Ave.

Also Art in a Box continues their Great Trans-American Art Campaign
Check out the new video:

Here is one of the latest pieces that I dropped off:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Art in a Box Great Trans - American Art Campaign

Art in a box - Ben Belknap
Hello everyone, I just wanted to tell y'all about Art in a Box's new campaign to have subscribers from all 50 states. If you or someone you know reside in one of the states without subscribers(see map below) you should really consider signing up or giving a subscription to someone. It's really inexpensive and fun and you could receive some of my art in one of the boxes.

Art in a box - Ben BelknapHere are to two latest pieces that I dropped off. They consist of one large-ish head and one small head.
Art in a box - Ben Belknap
Art in a box - Ben BelknapHere is the map of the states that have subscribers:
Art in a box - Ben BelknapThis is what they have to say about the map above:
"Check out the current Art in a Box Great Trans-American Art Campaign Stats!
Join us on the campaign to send Bay Area art to every state in the good ol’ USA. We are constantly updating our map…Green shaded states currently have subscribers to Art in a Box. Check back on our progress. Is your state representing? We need love from NEVADA, WYOMING, and more! Come on, let’s do this! Did we mention that every NEW subscriber in a state that is not colored green will get a special surprise in his/her box? Help spread art throughout the USA! Subscribe Today!"

Monday, August 15, 2011

A couple of pictures from the show

So these are just some preliminary pictures from the gallery. Look for some higher quality shots on my website soon. There are still two Saturdays in the month to go and see the show if you haven't already. You can find the details in an earlier post.

Ben Belknap Ceramic Art sculpture
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art sculpture
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art sculpture
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art sculpture
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art sculpture

Friday, July 15, 2011

Finally finished (partly/mostly)

Ben Belknap Ceramic Painting
It's glazed but unfired. I'm going to do a couple of tests to get the temperature perfect. I'm pretty pleased though.

Monday, July 11, 2011

More Art Show Preparation - Porcelain Cars

Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureI just got these pieces out of the kiln. They are just black underglaze on porcelain. I am about to start a couple larger pieces which will take forever and I only have a couple of weeks. You do the math. These were pretty simple, here is the process:
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureHere is the unglazed porcelain car.
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureFirst I brush black underglaze into all of the cracks. I like to use Leslie Ceramic Supply's U-24 Basic Black. They also make U-9 Black which is a cool blueish black. The U-24 is a warm brownish black and it tends to flux (get shiny) less than the U-9 which is also a bonus in this case.
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureAll the cracks, crevices etc filled with black underglaze.
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureNext I take a sponge and wipe off the excess underglaze leaving nice crisp lines.
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureNow for the laborious part, the background. I have collected lots of images to use which I organize and paste in a scrapbook. This page is all from an old french encyclopedia that had some great images. Landscapes tend to be pretty forgiving since people can't really tell whether you copied the image faithfully so I don't really worry that much about it. It still takes a bit of time even on so small an area. I also shaded the car somewhat at this stage.
Ben Belknap - Ceramic SculptureAnd here is the result after firing.

I will post more pictures in the coming weeks. Check out the website for the gallery here:

See my last post for the time and other particulars.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fresh out of the kiln: A new glaze painting

BEN Belknap Ceramic Glaze Painting Cave
Black underglaze on porcelain
(click on image for larger view)

This one turned out great. It's pretty darn small, only 3 1/4 by 4 1/4", but very detailed.

It's for this show that I have coming up in August. Here is the card:
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art Roscoe Gallery
It's a new gallery that Derik Van Beers just opened up. The back half is his studio and the front half is the gallery. It is very neat and tidy and looks great.
Here are the details:
Roscoe Ceramic Gallery
473 25th St., Suite D
Oakland, California
Gallery Hours Saturdays 11 am - 5 pm

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Dam LandscapeI also just got out these completed sculptures of dams. They were really smaller studies for large pieces but they came out really nice.
Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Dam Landscape

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Fat Man

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sketch Book Drawings

Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011
So I've been going through my sketchbooks in search of inspiration for my show in a couple of months. I've made a lot of flat picture frame-like ceramic plaques so I need quite a bit of content to fill them. These drawings span probably like 2004 to the present so some of them are kind of old. I've included both drawings of things I typically do as well as a few weird drawings as I would like to get a little weirder in my work.
I've been drawing and sculpting rocket cars lately. Here are a couple:
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011
This one is based on the caption:
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011This is a drawing I did for a friend who was going to have a fashion line called "Squirrel and Cross Bones"
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011This is drawing of a photo of some german lady that was at a party at the co-op house that my friends Brandon and Erich used to live in. Dumpasaurus is completely unrelated but written on the same page.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011My friend Brandon drew this guy in my sketchbook. I think this was a t-shirt idea.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011This is a drawing of a bed that used to be at a cabin that we used to go to when I was a kid. It was a really old spring based hospital bed that was all worn out so you'd always roll into the middle when you were sleeping in it. My family called it the Fat Lady.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011This is a stupid drawing I did late at night.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011Math Rebel
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011I had a dream with a drive through pencil sharpener. I should have drawn it in pencil.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011Don't ask me what this is about. Cat/Bus
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011I drew the lady on the left with this amazing old water based sepia ink that I think I got at the Depot for reuse years ago. You just do your drawing in ink and then use a brush and water to shade the ink. It's like one of those coloring books that had the color in dots where you just needed to use a brush with water to color in the pictures.
Ben Belknap all rights reserved 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Flat Ceramic Work

So I've been focussing on flat work recently for Art in a Box.
These are a couple of pieces from the last two months:
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art

This is the one I just dropped off:
Ben Belknap Ceramic Art

(Click on the images to see them large.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Set up an Etsy shop

I'm just getting started, but stay tuned for more ceramic sculptures for sale on my etsy page:

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Drawing

Ben Belknap
So I just finished this drawing. I was going to use some of my nice drawing pens but all of my ink has become dry so I had to settle for disposable drawing pens. Anyhow this is for some one night art show based on poetry. I'm not much of a poetry person but the poems by one of the choices had nice imagery that I could work with. I even enjoyed the poem. It's called Trudy and Beau and it's by Steve Lance. Show is tomorrow night March 12, 2011 at Krowswork Gallery (480 23rd st Oakland, side entrance) at 7:30.The event will feature readings by Steven Lance, John Sakkis, and C.S. Giscombe, and art by Ben Belknap, Misako Inaoka, Shannon May, Jae Payne, Sarah Ratchye, Peter Schulte, and Jon Stich.

Monday, January 10, 2011