I'm also finally getting around to trying a low fire premixed glaze in an effort to create an elusive effect that I'm hoping will finish off some sculptural works for local showings next week. This will be another round of "all or nothing" attempts. You think I'd know better by now, but the Hammer of Judgment waits... This is the first time I've played with glaze from a jar. I can't wait to open the kiln tomorrow night.This is a peice from a post last winter... I'm filling in the craters in my MoonCrater White glaze with a Neon Yellow glaze in hope of creating a few hundred yellow fireflies that'll float on the surface of this piece. My fingers are crossed...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Not really sure how I'm going to work most of these into the designs going through the studio right now, but I think the question marks will begin turning into lightbulbs as they start getting used.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Entry Dates: Febuary 1 - June 1, 2010
Best of show: $1000, 2nd Place: $600, 3rd Place: $350, and non-cash Merit Awards will be selected by the juror.
For a detailed look at this year’s prospectus, click here… or click the “Visions in Clay” image on the right sidebar.
After a 5 year hiatus, this national exhibition is once again putting out a call to artists. This is the 4th go round for the “Visions in Clay” project and what started out envisioned as a small exhibition of regional works, quickly turned into a major national showing of emerging new talent. As I flipped through the 2005 show catalog, I was amazed how the list of selected artists read like a “Who’s Who” of North American ceramics art and art education.
The big change this year is the use of the Smarter Entries system for registration.
It’s fairly strait forward… images must be formatted as a JPG at 72dpi, with a max side length of 1,280 pixels. File size cannot exceed 2 MB.
The big plus is that the artists can load up 0 to 3 submissions when they register for the exhibition and come back later to add entries or switch out any of their submissions before the June 1st deadline.
The other big change is that this years’ show catalog will be put online with links out to the artists.
Entry Fee: $25 for 3 images during the early bird special running until March 1st, $30 for 3 images thereafter. Additional images of work and/or detail images may be purchased for $3 per image, limited to 3 additional work entries.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Well like many potters this week, after volgger/potter Ron Philbeck posted his series of video posts on making closed form canisters, (part 1 and part 2). I just had to revisit and reminisce my way though this project. This was one of the first projects that my old ASU professor, Randy Schmidt, gave my class as a way to introduce creating a lid and galley from a closed from. This is basic stuff that, quite honestly, I had forgotten about while I ran around reinventing a few wheels.
The form Ron outlined is like an old familiar jazz riff, there are regional aesthetics involved in the form that he presented... but the fun of all of this is all about making changes to the riff and standing next to the work that comes off the wheel.
Thanks Ron for setting me off in a new direction.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tonight is the opening reception for the “8 Fluid Ounces” show at the Glassell Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
I really wish I could be there to check out the show… After Googling the line-up of artists that have been selected for this show, I’m thrilled to be represented as part of this group. I’m grinning ear to ear.
Here’s the line-up…
Show dates are Feb. 20 - March 21, 2010
Reception is Saturday, February 20, 2010 6-8pm
Glassell Gallery - LSU School of Art
Shaw Center for the Arts
100 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
PS. If anyone has a link for Rebekah Strickland, I'm be most obliged...
Monday, February 15, 2010
Spent the weekend running a new cone 5 clay through the studio. For my cone 5-6 electric work, I use a white smooth bodied clay, (Laguna B-Mix) and a medium bodied red (Laguna RedStone). I 've habitually used these 2 bodies to develop and explore explore my pallet.
I'm looking for a course buff clay so I'm starting with Laguna Calico. it threw well and stood strong while forming larger canisters.
The real test will be how the clay reacts to slipping and glazing though. On that end, this gave me an excuse to cut two new stencil design sets that had been bumping around in the back of my head all week. One is a leaf and stem motif that's worked into the background. I like how it worked out... The second is a geometric design that's to be used for a decal project.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here's a new clip of throwing a lid for a canister that's headed through the kilns this week.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Dan’s work is so different from mine and needless to say, my kids went nutz over it. (Thanks Dan, we snuck in a small victory on that one… now my youngest wants to find a salt glazed wood-fire to participate in this year… I told her it’s all about huge piles of combustibles, camping, and fantastic plain-air cooking. She’s hooked.)
Other than the salt glazed and wood fired angle, the detail that I’m focusing in on is Dan's use of sprigged accents.
Thanks for the kick in the pants Dan! I’m looking to make you proud…
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
As we like to say around here... "This could get really fun!"
Teaser Tristan T. "L'EGO"©
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Friday, February 5, 2010
Thanks everybody for making this years "Souper Supper" a fantastic success!
Now it's time to run down the other side of the hill and get to work! Yes!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The bottom half is glazed in a mystery Shino, the top and interior is OxBlood with a Colman Red over it.
A few more pictures of Mitch's bowls are over at our sister site PortCityMud.
Monday, February 1, 2010
OxBlood and Helmers wash in reduction