Craig Wisner

Art / Ceramics

Recent Drawings.

Enjoying a little down time out of the sun while my shoulder heals…Two new thumbnails.  I’m enjoying the Ramen Head logo.

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Skull and Toad.  Ink on paper.

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Ramen Head w/Wisner Logo.  Ink and acrylic on paper.



Spearing, 3/16/14

North of Malibu with Adan, in the water at sunrise.  The boogie board dive float works well; a nice base camp for storing fish, water, and gear.  Visibility wasn’t great, but still doable.  I shot one small perch; not many other opportunities presented themselves as fish were sparse.

The highlight of my diving was discovering an octopus lair.  Deep within a crevice I spot a large pile of empty shells strewn about, the garbage pile of an old underwater recluse piled outside its doorstep.  The the actual lair was too deep to find the creature living inside of it; I tried to stick my head in on successive attempts but couldn’t penetrate the darkness.  I like to imagine an old fellow sitting back in the darkness wondering about me.  I wouldn’t mind being an octopus.

I’m enjoying doing gyotaku, starting to get a feel for things.



Perch gyotaku.

Perch gyotaku.


This is my first attempt at gyotaku, the Japanese art of “fish rubbing”.  It is my understanding that the practice originated amongst fishmongers in the 1800s, fish being printed and posted as advertisements prior to being filleted, as well as being printed as evidence of trophy fish amongst fishermen.  Lacking sumi paper, my first attempt is on 90 lb. Stonehenge printing paper, far too stiff to capture proper detail.  The sumi paper traditionally used is far more flexible, allowing for a cleaner and softer wrap around the fish.  The fish is spread into position, inked, and pressed with paper.  Details are then sharpened/enhanced with a brush.  The following print is a rockfish, just a hair under 15″ in length, taken by polespear after work on Thursday (3/13/14) while solo diving in north Malibu.  Diving visibility was excellent and I thought I had some great pics of the day on my Gopro…only to return home to find that I forgot to put the SD card back in.

I’m anxious to continue developing my skills with this.


Recent Clay.

IMG_3850 (1024x913)Dimpled Bottles.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  5″ height.

IMG_3852 (1024x683)Dimpled Bottles, detail.

IMG_3854 (1024x607)Squared Bowls.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  10″ diameter.

IMG_3859 (804x1024)Water Bottles.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  8″ height.

IMG_3861 (683x1024)Big Head, detail.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, coil built.  39″ height.

Little Things.

Bowl: Cone 5 glazed stoneware Spoon: hand carved curly birch, flax seed oil.

Bowl: Cone 5 glazed stoneware.  Spoon: hand carved curly birch, flax seed oil.

Bowl and spoon: simple and open, humble tools for daily living.

Working wood, turning clay.  An exercise in mindfulness.  If we cannot pay attention and discover beauty and joy in the little things…

(More wooden utensils to come.  John has given me a stockpile of various quality hardwoods and a new bandsaw is on my shortlist.)

Untitiled Figures (clay sketches).

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Figure 1.

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Figure 2.

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Figure 3.

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Figure 4.

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Figure 5.

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Figure 6.

All pieces in series are ~6″ in height.  Glazed and salt fired stoneware, cone 5.  All are quick studies for life-sized pieces I plan to build.

Spouted Bottle (dimpled)

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Spouted Bottle (dimpled).  7″ height.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5.