Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
A lot of work remains for this next piece inspired by icebergs. I am interested in sandblasting it to get a glossy matte finish (that sounds like a contradition, yes? -- but it's possible), and I am also contemplating doing some engraving work on the bas relief area (overlapping the French vanilla and blue) to give it more depth...
Here is a detail shot:
Now it needs to sit for a while and tell me what it needs...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
With the handy working title of Iceberg II, this piece was a bit of a disappointment as it emerged from the kiln...I am not over-the-moon about the bas-relief section -- a bit bland, even though I used several different powder colors (well, if and white and warm white are considered colors-- hmmm...there's the problem).
It is in for another firing now, after I added more "iceberg" to get a more compelling (mehopes) result -- more movement from the mounds of ice, replete with crevasses (I love that word).
I am taking oodles of photos which I hope to use to translate into designs for complementary textile works to exhibit with these pieces. I have visions of some installation textile pieces -- large swaths of fabric hither and yon -- which I hope will come to fruition.
It's all a delightful trip.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You can see some chemical reactions in this photo -- the shadow in the lower portion of the white is caused by the copper from the blue cavorting with sulphur from the French vanilla glass. You can also see a reaction line at the intersection of the white and French vanilla (bottom of white piece). And yes, I planned for these results!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
What I learned: how to make bas relief two ways, how powder looks after different firing temperatures (both in texture and finish), what I do not want and (maybe) how to achieve what I want.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
This is a dicey enterprise, as I don't want to get the piece hot enough to melt the iceberg (!) and lose that definition, but it has to get hot enough to fully melt the powder (ice). Sounds like a global warming problem.
It's back in, now at a higher process (top) temperature, and I am crossing my fingers, limbs, lighting candles, and doing all things hopeful.