Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pick One

Ok, so I am looking at the Grieving Vessels I brought home and looking at them, and listening. Learning. Walking away. Listening. learning. Inspired with some, very excited actually. So before I share my thoughts, what are YOURS? I am curious as to what you think, critically. I am posting photos and would love your feedback. Why do they work for you or NOT. What could make it stronger. What weakens it. do your best with some amateur photos with wine and coffee makers as the background, hey this is real life. Post anonymously if needed. And thank you for sharing.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Kiln Finished

I did not expect the kiln to be ready while I was at the studio today. But when I arrived the temperature was already cooled to 153F, that was exciting to read. We opened the top to let it cool a bit more, and by 144F, we took out everything. I am very pleased with the pieces this time around. Mr. I am Big Skull did not get a photo taken today because I did not bring my camera. But here are a few shots of pieces I brought home with me to enjoy, respond and listen to, get to know, before I feel ready to let them move on to a new family.

A sample of the new skulls. These are my best yet, is how I feel. I love the inside glaze I tried out on the pink guy.

The two shots above are of my favorite Grieving Vessel. The right shape, weight, I love the glaze, and have learned something new about the stain underneath, with that strong line and bottom half that is so different from the top half. Plus really enjoy the line on the rim.

Friday, March 7, 2008

New family and the rest ready for the kiln

Photos---of the fingers on the vessels to let the background show through. As I wrote the other, these are my favorites. Although there is not writing, because I started out with a different intention.

I love that I can see the segments of my finger in this one above. And then below, some other surface design that I am exploring.

And here is Mr. I am a Big Skull!! Inside he is decorated with a clear crackle. And to right, you can see another wall plaque. I used the Eenie minie meenie mo method and Spring is in the air and seems to have directed the colors. It is charteuse, light pale yellow and pink!!!

Should be ready Sunday or Monday...not sure when Julie will load it. latest will be 3p on Saturday. It is out of my hands now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Eenie meenie myney mo

I drew three colors for the large and broken DOTD skull, ever since he ended up in three parts he has beomce a test guy. Nice of him to take one for the team. I have a feeling I am going to love him in the end. So I said, whatever colors come out, I will make it work. And I love the combo. We will see after the firing. These colors are salmon, white cream and deep yellow.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Photos of the latest DOTD skulls

I am having fun with new colors on the skulls. and on the inside too. I have a textured cobalt, clear crackle, bronze and copper on the insides of the skulls. Here are some photos of the work at different stages.
After black copper oxide is brushed and wiped away (above)
After painting underglaze - the red brown I like

Playing around with new colors and patterns..this photo does no justice to the colors...but gives you an idea.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Understanding my work

It is on ongoing process, which I am sure many of you understand and relate to. Last night I wrote a post, and blogger shut down. So here I am trying again.

What I said: I have been spending a lot of time with my Grieving Vessels. Just being with them. Looking at them. What I started to realize is I did not know why I was making circles on them. See where the oxide, crocus martis ends, and glaze begins...or whoever ends and begins....that is where the clear glaze is on the vessel. But why a circle? Because it was easy to dip?? I know that I wanted the contrast. I am intrigued by the idea of revealing words and masking them at the same time. Anywone who has been following this blog knows that has layers of meaning for me.

As I looked at these vessels and let them seep in, I realized a lot things. One - take time with my pieces before letting them go, they probably have things to say to me. (Greg Scott has said this to me before, and I believe another potter said it either to him or said it)

So I noticed that the stain underneath the glaze leaves a trace (of course I like to interpret this as memory) of its path leaving the brush. So you can see the brush strokes. I was not even acknowledging this when applying the glaze. I did not know it mattered. Until closer observation. And not only brush strokes are still seen underneath the clear, but thickness of the stain.

SO having noticed that, this next batch of grieving vessels are completely different. They go in to the glaze kiln (loaded by Julie without me being there!! Trust and gratefulness abound) this Saturday at 3pmish.

What I did was play around with were the brush strokes as I applied the stain, and then mirrored that reality with the clear glaze. So on some vessels, I have the hilly landscape strokes I enjoy. And the clear glaze repeats that pattern. On other pieces, I have vertical lines...and quickly drawn strokes...all mirrored, repeated by the clear glaze. We will see what happens.

I also was curious about other ways to allow the words to show through, or not show through depending on how you are looking at it. And at first I thought I was trying to dip the entire piece in clear glaze and then write as I do, through the glaze. Not too successful. But I did find out that I love dipping the piece in the glaze while holding it firmly in my grip allowing my fingertips and fingers to leave their mark on the vessel and thus allow the stain and writing underneath to show through....love it!!! a photo would show this better than these words...although the one below is not an example of what I mean. Another day.

So for example the above photo. I tried a different way to apply the clear glaze. But I was not too fond of this application. I do not know why yet. BUT I just love the marks that the fingers leave on the new pieces I did over the weekend. One --love that the vessel was pinched by my fingers. And two, enjoy that the fingers guide the process of revealing/masking. I liked the organic shapes, and the somewhat more randomness of it.

Now to find out if I like it after they come out of the kiln.

Also working on painting many Dia de los Muertos skulls. New colors, patterns and sizes. Mr. I am a big Skull is waiting for final painting, and all his little ones are helping to inspire his final coloring. Maybe some photos to follow in the next day or so.