Wednesday, June 5, 2013

the learning curve

Failure is good.

So here is what I learned. The glass piece on the right (sitting on a fab textile reminiscent of aboriginal art-marks) was my first test in my new "what remains" series. My goal is to capture the ethereal beauty and transitory nature of ... well, things, in general.

What I liked about the first piece was the what I perceive as haunting image, milky, removed, perhaps ghostly. That was exactly what I wanted. As I have written before, this series started with gatherings from some dead trees that had to be cut down at a local park -- a little study, an attempt to memorialize their grace.

So, when my first full-size attempt emerged from the kiln without the beautiful hazy look, I realized that I had failed to use the same materials -- a result of mismarking some glass pieces. Bullseye has multiple clear-looking glasses that look alike but have wildly different chemical properties. Huge notes to self: be a master labeler.

So here is what the errant piece looks like, "up close and personal" as they say:

No nice milky effect, and tiny bubbles. I actually like bubbles in some work, but not in this one.

Another interesting fact -- I did not realize that I had cut myself and bled on the glass. Blood has iron. I was using a chemically reactive glass, and voila, my blood was memorialized...

So, this was an experience laden with lessons. Lucky me.


Linda A. Miller said...

Love the process you are delving into..such an evocative theme. And yes, labeling seems to be of importance.....!

Pamela Price Klebaum said...

Thank you, Lnda. I just finished some experiments, so Friday I will know what glass does what. I loooove this...bloody hands and all. Art is so sweet.

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