Something changed this morning as I was getting ready to glaze my Pod forms. I didn’t approach the set-up and glazing as fearlessly I normally would have. There was a nervousness I felt as I was prepping the tools and Pods –I even cleaned the mixing tool on the drill TWICE! I’m afraid any foreign debris might cause some sort of failure in the glaze or my carelessness and un-cleanliness could lead to a total catastrophic kiln firing failure. I'm also a bit nervous using the mystery glazes because I've only "tested" two of the colors and want to try two more on this set of Pods. One mistake I think I’m already making is I’m in love with these Pod forms and I know I shouldn’t even start the affair until after they have finished their time in the kiln. I am learning that planning ahead is a good thing and patience and cleanliness are also just good clay practices –all things that don’t come naturally to me. I’ll probably need to come up with some new rules…
The new steel wall logo installation went well this week though that project also had me nervous. Dr. Murray’s office is a GREAT client and knew exactly what they wanted. I ended up changing my process when the first set of letters didn’t turn out as expected. Originally, I had an electronic eps file of their logo water-jet cut from of 18 gauge steel but the letters were way too rigid and mechanical looking. I was trying to replicate their calligrap
hic look in steel –it wasn’t easy. I ended up scrapping the first set of letters that I’d already paid for, and plasma cutting by hand the “M” and the “O” myself. This helped to better create the purposeful rough edges as in their calligraphy styled logo. One of the prerequisites of the wall sculpture made by their office manager, Jo Lynn pictured at the left in the photo with Dr. Murray, was that the “M” to be heat treated to the steel blue. This limited the materials I could use because I can
only get that heat treated look with the black iron, not aluminum. I was so nervous to deliver the piece right up until Jo Lynn and Dr. Murray both gave it the two thumbs up! WHEW. I swear, sometimes commissions can really get my stomach in knots.