The cone 6 electric refire of some of this weekends high fired shinos has been unloaded and I"m pawing through the results. I was aiming for more than just an image on a pot with this round.
I'm shooting for a ghosting image...
A surface that reads as more memory than as a clear thought...
Kind of like the Delta Fogs that I walk through every morning on my way to work this time of year.
I'm looking for a surface that looks and feels sunk into the work. Honestly, the work wasn't quite what I originally had in mind, but 'm coming to enjoy the results.
Now I'm left wondering what exactly to do with this success.
Opening a kiln being able to look forward to anticipated and completely unseen surprises is a luxury.
The sooty resolution of the surface darkens the finish feel of the design.
Definitely not what I was expecting. A few are in hand, but most are headed back through the electric kiln tonight with the hopes that a quick oxidation fire to cone 6 will brighten them up just a hare.
Paper stencils and inlayed incised fireflies sunk under a Malcom Davis Shino.
The green that's peeking through is food coloring that I've been brushed onto mark where I need the fireflies halos (otherwise I'm just guessing, which admittably has a charm all it's own, but...) You can see the faint traces of the brushed on wax that will define the fired halo effect.
This has been a fun series to push through, but as always...
In the end it comes down to doing the work, filling a kiln piece by piece.
As much as I would like to believe otherwise... There's no quick way about it.
We only move forward by waking up every morning and applying ourselves to the tasks at hand.
Well it's the start of a new semester in the ceramics lab at UOP. After enjoying an essentally empty studio during the professor's 8 month sabbatical, it's finally time to stop screwing around to get back to work.
Wash it down and move on out. The tech says it's time...