Here are a few examples of pieces I've produced over the last week or so. Just greenware at the moment, but hopefully I will be able to fire them at the end of this month.
The sake cups in the third and fourth photos down were very experimental. Made from very coarse clay with extra sand and grog added, they were formed by placing a soft ball of clay over the end of a wooden rolling pin. The clay was then carved just using the side of an index finger. I like this kind of random surface but the overall shape is less appealing..and it's impossible to remove the piece and adjust the form without destroying the rough texture.
They're all interesting, but I especially like the shape and texture of the last one.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Keith, that was the last one I completed this afternoon. I'm very happy with it, and it's given me some ideas for larger sculptural pieces.Delete
I like the fourth to the last one, great shapes and textures.ReplyDelete
Bravo Mark--they are all excellent! They have new qualities (the roughness, the texture, the shapes) as well as the previous sculptural ones. I love the last two.ReplyDelete
Thank you both for the kind comments, it's good to hear positive reactions to my work.ReplyDelete
Like the saki cup process -- what if you wrap the form with some stiff paper before applying the clay. Then could you use the paper to slide it off and avoid touching/deforming the shape? Lots of possibilities to mine there.ReplyDelete
Yes indeed, that could make it easier to remove without pressure on the surface. One of the problems with this kind of technique is consistency..the results often emerge from serendipity, and it's not always easy to remember how you got there in the heat of the moment..Delete
glad i found your blog today. saw one of your pots on pinterest so googled you. love the contrast of chiseled and broken surface.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your interest in my work, Patricia, and for the kind words.ReplyDelete