|Completed cloud bowl mold.|
There is a lot to catch up on. Apparently a week long vacation leads to lots of studio productivity. First, I attempted to cast my cloud bowls. In my experience, the first cast always fails. Per example this one, but the second was better, and the third even better than that, after I dusted the mold with the powdered clay body. Andrew Martin calls this calcined version Chinese dust; I didn't have time to calcine mine (fire the powered materials in the kiln to extract the moisture from the ingredients), so I just blended some cast scraps in my magic bullet blender and Voila! America dust. :D There are a few cracking issues in the 4th cast, but I figure that will resolve with time.
|EPK Terra Sigilatta|
|Eric Haagensen yunomi|
In other news, I got two new mugs to add to my collection. One from Eric Haagensen from Mudfire Clayworks. I enjoyed some delicious Indian chicken and rice in the yunomi (I don't drink tea very often, so it's probably going to be a bowl for me). Then another wonderful addition is from Michelle Harris, a wonderful potter from Canada. I've found this mug is perfect for my Keurig. (Big shout out to Michelle! Your cup is wonderful!) The handle is also very comfortable. It carries the weight of the cup very well.
|Michelle Harris mug|
Now to the studio time...as you may know I am part of a group show in Roswell, GA, at the Roswell Art Center West. I had one piece completed for the show approximately 1 week ago. My goal was to at least have 2 more new pieces for the show that was scheduled to open June 8, 2012. Here is the progress that happened as I continuously worked:
|Making image and carbon copy transfers for the inner wall of the pieces.|
|Inner wall of Caged Fruit Bowl (some leaf impressions; popcorn, daffodil transfers). I didn't have enough time to bisque and glaze, so I once-fired the pieces. I used Mayco Overglazes to provide color to the transfers.|
|Opposite side of inner wall of CFB (dandelion and peach soda transfer).|
|CFB after assembly, before removal of outer wall and chains.|
|Inner wall of CTSS (fried chicken leg, Bojangles logo, and Eskimo spitz doggie)|
|CTSS assembled before removal of outer wall and chain.|
|Starting to remove the outer wall.|
|Outer wall removed, foot carved, and loops for chains attached on CFB|
|Chains in progress.|
|Waiting on pieces to dry before loading into kiln.|
|Caged Teacup, Saucer, and Spoon (There is a support of clay on the outside of one of the bars because it cracked. Not a part of the final piece.)|
|Close up of Spoon.|
|Caged Fruit Bowl|
Needless to say, I unloaded the kiln on Thursday morning and all was well. I rushed through applying the terra sig, so it was a little dry in some places (mainly on the chains). Since theses pieces are more decorative than functional, I decided to do some cold finishing. I took one of the failed spoons to Home Depot and they matched the color for me. I touched up some spots that needed it, and packed my work for the trip to the show!
After finishing 2 really complex pieces in less than 1 week, I was really quite proud of myself. I was super excited to see what they would look like in the space at Roswell. I will post images of the show in a later blog.