|Cache, coil-built ceramic, porcelain parts, terra sigillata, slips, glazes, silk-screen porcelain, twine|
Sometimes a piece doesn't get a photo shoot. This piece was the last piece out of the studio and nearly didn't make it to the gallery. We had already packed the photography equipment. I quickly took a couple of photos on top of an old desk. The twigs wrapped around the head. On top there's a rolled up piece of "paper" tied with twine. There's the usual arrangement of rocks and a fortune cookie, couple of leaves. The glaze I used on some the twigs is a simple one:
Peeling Paint (cone 08-01)
Gerstley Borate 80%
Titanium Dioxide 20%
The titanium dioxide I have fires yellow. I mean yell-ow. Some of the twigs have this glaze with a topping of burnt umber wash to tone it down. In some areas I used a crawl glaze:
Magnesium Carbonate 33.3 (33)
Borax 26.7 (27)
Gerstley Borate 33.3 (34)
Silica 6.7 (7) (it doesn't add up to 100%, but it works for me)
I freshly make this crawl glaze. I make up a batch of 100 grams, stir it up and leave it dry. When I need to make up a small amount---I stir it up take out 2 tablespoons and add water. Let sit couple of hours then apply.
In this application I used it thin instead of the normal thick. It looks more crackledly (is that even a word?) than crawl over the red art sigillata. It makes my artist's eye sing "I just got a feeling deep inside of me..."
I started this post in July and can not believe it is now August. During the month many, many things happened. Just the everyday things that happen to all of us one time or another. Yesterday, I did an artist's talk and demo at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. It was such a welcoming, delightful and visual interaction with art lovers. I could feel their thoughtful energy. I feel that writing this blog and all of you that have left comments---such lovely, friendly comments---I felt as if each of you were sitting right there and so inspired me to share the best of all us. So I want to thank you, my blogger friends, who inspire and give me a bearable "lightness of being."