Gordon K. Uyehara
Writings by Gordon
- TIP : Remoisturizing Metal Clay
- TIP : Making Metal Clay Coils
- TIP : Rolling Sandpaper to Create a "Sanding Stick"
Books by Gordon
Gordon was born and raised in Hawaii. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
After thirteen years in the information technology field, he decided to take some time off for artistic exploration. It was then that he made the thrilling discovery of silver clay in a local workshop.
Still residing in Honolulu, Gordon is a freelance artist/designer and an Art Clay Sil
ver Senior Instructor. Working with silver clay led him to reconnect with an attraction to small scale design and wearable art. His motivation is to create pieces that are familiar and yet interestingly seductive and to explore the outer design limits of this relatively new art form. He is gradually incorporating traditional jewelry making techniques into his work as he learns them.
Inspiration for his creations arrives from nature and from the visual and performance artists he admires. Gordon actively participates in local, national, and international juried exhibitions.
This Honudream Web site, displays my current creations and some older works. The turtle and world on its back logo is based on a native american cre
ation myth. It surfaced in my consciousness one morning before I learned of the story.
There is no such thing as an uncreative human. It is simply that individuals are often not conscious of it. We must realize creativity is not constrained by the narrow context we place it in. The simple act of existing is creative. You create thoughts, create situations, and while you sleep, you create dreams. People who describe themselves as not creative may conjure up elaborate excuses for not showing up for work. Or on a much larger scale for example, many conflicts occurring through out the world do not happen by accident. They are created by manipulation of thought. Ultimately, however, the greatest form of expression is creating new life. Again, since much of this occurs unconsciously, it is taken for granted (especially in the "civilized" world). Therefore, I surmise, we are all creators.
As an artist, I consciously create my pieces - at least for much of the process. To begin with, I usually draw a rough sketch to act as a guide. Then, I go about my creation with purposeful intent. There is a point along the way, however, when things are literally out of my hands and uncertainty enters into the picture. Maybe there's a problem with the firing or what looked good on paper, looks odd with dimension. Sometimes the unforeseen happens. I am never completely sure when things are going to turn out well. Perhaps, that's the way it should be. In my mind's eye I have envision the finished product. The actual piece may be more beautiful or interesting than I imagined (transcending the actual process) or it could be a disappointment. That's one of the risks of creating.
Silver clay adds a dimension of excitement. There is a visual and tactile metamorphosis from clay-like to bright silver - from soft to hard - from organic to metallic. Physical (and metaphysical) transformation is always exciting. It is often said about silver clay, if you can imagine it, you can build it. My motivation is to create pieces that are familiar and yet interestingly seductive and to explore the outer design limits of this relatively new art form. As I gradually incorporate traditional metalsmithing techniques into my work, I hope to bridge any perceived divide between silver clay and the "old-school" of jewelry creation. I am more excited about what I will create rather than what I have created. As I express the creator in me, I celebrate the creator in all of us. For it is our true nature.