I found the woodworking pieces to be the most appealing because they have such precise craftsmanship. Those pieces are labor intensive and require an enormous amount of patience. The repetition and patterns within the wood are captivating and almost hypnotic.
Most of my time in the gallery however was spent watching the video of how a wood piece like his work would be assembled. The video is a stop motion of the process for bonding pieces of wood, cutting them, and sanding out the final piece. It's stunning to see the transformation from a bunch of boards of wood to a gorgeous bowl.
The clay pieces we're as impressive to me. I enjoyed them and in concept they were nice but compared to the wood pieces, they were a bit lack-luster. Its seemed like a totally different artist created the less than precise clay pots. The juxtaposition of the imprecise clay pieces next to the meticulous wood work was a bit jarring.
As an artist myself, I think that having two drastically different styles is a wonderful thing, but I don't know that those worlds should meet. Having two styles to bounce back and forth between helps to avoid that creative block that can come from working on one thing too long. But as far as displaying them together goes, I think putting something messy next to something exact hinders the effectiveness of the artwork. The clay pieces might have been nice on their own, but seeing them next to the woodwork took something away from them.
I think this show would be fantastic for taking a class to because of the multiple styles and techniques. For younger students the focus would have to be more on the clay work because of the height of the displays. Much of the intricacies in the woodwork are only visible from overhead but unfortunately smaller children would not be able to enjoy that aspect.
The show gives a great opportunity to discuss various techniques and process for creating 3D work. It also has a huge focus on pattern and repetition which gives the opportunity for discussion about how those are built into the form, how they enhance is, or how they distract from it.
One piece caught my eye simply for the color of it but the design just wasn't working. "Scribble" is a clay work that has gorgeous color but the big black lines through the middle seemed to disrupt the piece. I think it is important to note that the piece is called "Scribble", generally when we think of a scribble it is spontaneous and unplanned. This scribble however had to be planned out and worked on, does it then still qualify as a scribble? An interesting question to pose to a class.
It could also be interesting to use the piece "Little Blue"as inspiration for a project. Students could take small objects that they either collect or make and assemble them into a larger sculpture of the object.
For those lucky enough to have a wood tech program at their schools, it would be wonderful to cooperate with that department to learn about the methods David Ingram used in his bowls.This method is called segmented woodturning, for which there are various tutorials available online. Perhaps students could even attempt their own segmented woodturning project, though it would be rather time consuming.
As a simple task connecting to the exhibit, the students could practice carving patterns into clay or making impressions in the clay to create pattern and texture.