Those of you that live in the Asheboro area may know the name Lenton Slack. He was my professor in college and an amazing artist. I frequently hear his voice in my head while I'm working on these barns, as well as my other professor, Charles Johnson. These men were great teachers but their constant phrase pay attention to detail has stayed with me and is such an important thing to remember with hand crafted items. I am adding more and more detail work to these buildings as I figure them out and the difference really shows. Yesterday I added some little ladders, such a pain but such a nice detail. FetishGhost had a post a few days ago with some faceted jars that were beautiful. That inspired me to get my trimming tool and facet the slabs for the roofs of these barns. What a difference and just the added detail I have been looking for. I have been getting up close to barn roofs to see what I have been missing because mine have seemed a bit flat. This was just the added element I needed to get more of the look I am wanting.
How do you hang? (sorry just couldn't resist haha!)
Linda Starr had a post the other day about how she hangs her tiles and the way Meredith at Whynot hangs hers. Well, I had not thought of hanging tiles either of those ways and wondered how many ways can you hang a tile. Here is what I do. I take the stick in the photo, a stick that I cannot live without! and I press it in the wet clay making a hole for wire to pass through. I can't take credit for this idea, it came from a suggestion by Sarah Gress at the NC Craft Center. She likes this method for hanging tiles in her shop and showed me an example. By the way, isn't that wash cool on the back of this tile? Total accident. It was a chrome terra sig but the front was iron oxide and a little dull after firing, so I put a cobalt wash on and fired again, got this really great blue green. I love those happy accidents.
I used to glue on these hooks with epoxy, but sometimes I can't find them and the cost starts to add up, so it's cheaper to just put a hole in the clay and add some string or wire. Anyone else have any other ways of hanging?