Also, the new texture on the little lobster shack looking barns is too much, it overpowers the form, it needs to be a little more subtle. I really don't like the way they turned out and some of the feet fell off. You would think by now I could score and slip but sometimes I rush things. I was at the end of an old batch of terra sigilata, and it crackled on some of the pieces, not a bad look, just not what I was going for. I layered white, rutile and gray and got some good, some bad results, don't know why the difference, same application, it just looks different on all the pieces. The little pails I made look great in white, but for some unknown reason I didn't put terra sig on the inside, now I have to come up with something for the inside which means a stroll down glaze hell avenue. Damn it!
One of the roofs on the larger barns cracked open, it was ugly anyway, I hated the blue I put on it, not even sure why I did that.
Here is what I do like. The white pails look great and the shell stain is awesome. Ahab's Wife turned out beautifully, new batch of terra sig that went super white and she is so serene.
All in all, I am disappointed, I thought I would have more things I liked in this firing and I am coming up on some shows so this really isn't the time to be figuring out a new path. My thinking right now is less texture on the barns, but some, keep them white and do more with the pails and the doll sculptures. Also, the bottles I made turned out very nice. I keep thinking I need some little shit for Festifall at least and for the studio tour, but I don't want to make little shit anymore. I want to do more sculptural pieces. Yesterday I made some little fish to raku. I know Allen Bennett is the king of fish around here and no way do mine look anything like his, mine are more of a pinch pot with no back that will hang on the wall, who knows, they may not even hold up, they have little fragile fins.
I'll try to post some photos next week. Wesley leaves for college on Tuesday, so I won't be doing much for the next couple of days except fixing her favorite meals, helping her pack and staring at her :) get ready, there may be post traumatic stress episode around the end of the week when it really hits me that she is living in another town.