Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shifting Gears

It often takes me a few years to get around to put what I know is a good idea into motion... this weeks current example deals with larger works.

I've been a dipper for years, gimme a bucket of glaze and I'm set... but at larger scales I simply can't afford to whip-up big enough batches to dip effectively and pouring just hasn't proved to be reliable. It's been one of the factors that has been limiting the scale that I work with. 
The above work came out of the kiln this morning and a major change is afoot...

 I'm finally giving an air gun a go... REVOLUTIONARY!
This is in a last minute effort to create a new body of work for this weekends block party, (more on that later). With the death of Half Pint last week, I pulled the pity card and rented Bruce Cadman's kiln for two weeks.

It small, but so far, it's keeping me dancing! Better dance quick cuz it's going home real soon.


Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

I finally got a compressor once I started making bigger pieces. I love dipping and pouring, and the spray gun took a little getting used to, but I love it now!

Have fun filling that kiln!

Ron said...

Happy Spraying and good luck getting the work out before the weekend.

jim said...

beauty pieces joel... i really wanted to spray when i started years ago but still don't have a booth to do it in.

Rob Addonizio from Taiko-Earth said...

Once again, beautiful work!

I too love to dip, but with big bonsai containers, it can get a bit tricky. I spray, and although it requires lots of taping and masking, the application is much more controllable for me I think.