Saturday, 27 April 2013

Stiching with nails and the results of a High Firing

So, you remember that nice piece of porcelain with the nails?

Well after its bisque fire it went back in the kiln for a high fire (1260'c)

and looooooook! 

that is some nice bubbling!

I'm experimenting with some more.....

check back for results next week!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Construct, Deconstruct, Slip-cast, Fold and Pin

I've been having a great time with slip-casting recently, some exciting shapes and forms appearing! Here's what's been happening in the workshop:

unfired experiments, cast with terracotta slip
eddoe cast with nail/pin additions
The terracotta palette: unfired, bisque fired to 1000'c, fired to 1100'c and high fired to 1260'c
bisque fired experiments - the blackened pins are lovely! 
how I would use the palette tests to decide on colours (left sample is an 1180'c firing - so black cherry warm!)
experimenting with pins and porcelain
and more porcelain forms

I'm interested in what's happening and my next task is to consider how to include some of my latex sampling. I am keen to use some of the colourings and glaze tests that I did last week too so we will see where this takes me next...

Before I Die I want to....

We held a fundraiser last week to raise some money for our course. It was a really successful event raising over £400! There are lots of pictures up our facebook page, take a look! 

As part of the event we had a stall selling our work, and a table showing sketchbooks. 

I left some post its out so people leafing through could note which pages they liked. It was a good way of getting some feedback on work. These pages were highlighted from my sketchbooks: 

I was surprised by this one as I hate this drawing!!
pleased by this one though - it's very much in tune with
where my work is heading right now!

It has got the whole course in buzz about events and fundraising ideas which is great! Back to work this week though and hopefully some more updates on here, it's been too long (again).