Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gettin' Fired Up


The last of the Tile White ^05 clay was used up yesterday by deciding to make a few more slab trays to continue working on my sgraffito technique. Though I haven't found my sweet mini ribbon tools, I did bring out a whole set of sculpture carving tools I had kept with my sculpture supplies. The steel tools are used for working with hard surfaces but worked wonderfully on the new sgraffito pieces I made. I also pulled out some old issues of Pottery Making Illustrated and was inspired to try some cone shaped handles I saw in the September/Ocotber 2009 issue. In the article, artist Lana Wilson had created highly textural pieces and made these really cool looking cone-shaped handles from textured slab pieces. I didn’t have the right proportions and I think my cone-handles look a bit turd-like on the larger Raven tray!

Once the proportions are right, the cone handle process is really fun and artful looking. The sgraffito images I’m going to use on these new trays are going to be more colorful. I remembered

I had a small bin of various underglaze colors that I bought with that lot of used clay supplies last year. They are the right cone temp for this lower fire clay and should be fun to experiment with. While the new slab trays are slowly becoming leather hard, I have to fire the welder up to make a steel Octopus sculpture that’s going to be shipped to Louisiana. I wasn’t

thinking I'd be welding this week or even working in metal but the client needs the piece shipped by the first of February. It will all work out because I need to get the dust covers off the kilns and better organize the shop area where I weld and fire, before I fire the kilns again. It’s been so long since either of the kilns have been fired, I’ve broken one of my rules to not stack anything on top of the kilns and noticed there are quite a few specially cut metal pieces that I’ve “set aside” ON TOP of the kilns…

9 comments:

Cowgirl Goods said...

WOW!! These are going to be beautiful. WOW!

How is the Tauz doing? The ear?

Gary's third pottery blog said...

have not heard from you in a couple of days, and HOLY CATS the work is beautiful (as usual :)

cindy shake said...

Aaawww, thanks guys!! ;o)) yes, sorry for my lack of commenting posts Gary, Kristen is down from UAF for a big Ocean Symposium, Daddy-O needed a new crown on his tooth, the dog got ear surgery and Gus is going to be in a school play ALL of which has needed some form of my time...it feels good to be loved.

Linda Starr said...

Your sgraffito is looking so wonderful; watch that stacking, I say that as I stack everything everywhere in my Rv.

cookingwithgas said...

looking good out there in snow land!Can't wait to see what else you are up to!

Patricia Griffin said...

The ravens are rockin'!!! They look really good.

jimgottuso said...

looks like your having a ball, love the sgraffito and am dying to try and work "turd-like" into a post

ang said...

just brilliant i love the way your clay work s quite sculptural too, hope everything gets sorted....happy firing up the welder!

chris said...

fantastic clay!!! Everytime I look at your work I wonder how you can top it. You always do. Love the new ravens!