Wesley got a lino cut tool set for Christmas and she is making some really cool tiles. I used the skeleton for a clay stamp and put slip on it. She never makes anything in clay but she is a great artist.
I've been in the studio for the past few days working on some demo samples for my hand building class at the ArtsCenter. I have a great class, I love seeing what they create and how they interpret the basic techniques I show them. We are going to talk about pieces we like and use them for inspiration to make our own piece. My very, very favorite plate is below. I could never throw one like Michael Kline and certainly can't recreate his brush work, but I used this plate for an example of how to find inspiration from something that you really like. This one was a slab that I put on a hump mold and then added slip with a little scraffito. I'll keep this one for myself so it's not out there in the world as a blatant rip off of MK!
This was a slab and coil construction bowl. I like coil bowls, they have a really unique feel to them. I also like leaving some of the marks from my construction like below around the coiled foot.
As you can see, it is getting late and I have been working all day, so the bottle will be finished up tomorrow. This is a coil bottle and I have a mold of an old ladies head to attach. It's about 16 inches right now. This is going to be one of the first pieces for my Raku kiln. I haven't done any hand building in a while and when I do I get obsessed with it. I get so focused and nearly in a trance building up coils. I find hand building much less stressful than throwing. When I throw, I forget to breath and find myself in contorted positions and frustrated a good bit of the time. I think I may do more hand building and just use my wheel as a means to an end. Oh well, I 'm tired and I'm dirty, so it's off for a glass of wine, some dinner, bath and bed. Buenas Noches!