Friday, May 22, 2015

Porcelain Leaves with Nature's Imprint

 
On Fingertips

15" x 12" x 6"
Earthenware with porcelain leaves, terra sigillata, engobes, glazes
multi-fired from cone 04-1
leaves fired to cone 6


 

"It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again invisibly inside us."   
 ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Recently I purchased a small test kiln.  It is becoming very handy for firing small parts (such as leaves) and maquettes. Naturally it is good for test tiles, too. And I don't have to wait until the big kiln is full (which can take a while) to see results quickly. Within 24 hours, instant gratification in a ceramicist's world.




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hidden Clay, Inner Clay



We are all shape-shifters and magical re-inventors.  Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.
~Diane Ackermann

before
after:

 
Charlene Doiron Reinhart
Hidden Nature, Inner Self
24" x 18" x 6"
Earthenware ceramic with porcelain leaves and egg, terra sigillata, underglazes, glazes

Sometimes I hesitant to glaze work.  It will stick around in bisque, looking sad and lifeless, getting dusty on the studio shelf. I have to reacquaint myself and get back into the piece.  See beyond the beige or brickness. 

This piece, however, just knew what it wanted.  I started out with something completely different in mind. Hidden Nature determined to be just as it is.  The face area is the raw clay with no glaze, no terra sigillata.  I burnished it at leather-hard stage. It has a lovely, satin finish and feel. The neck area has some red art terra sig, buffed lightly with my finger tip.  I did this as the terra sig was a tone darker and bring the face forward.  It is hard to see the bird's eye--it is bright blue.  The black collar is a very shiny gloss.  The bird's head has a cap of black gloss, too.  It has a quirky edge to it...that little bit of shiny glaze...birds of a feather...kind of feel. A bird's eye view of an inner nature......


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