Archive for the ‘Ceramics’ Category

Today on the main site I’ve added two new ceramics pieces to the main artwork galleries and one to the commissions gallery.

The two ceramics pieces were both accidental in a way. I have visions for them when I began and they did not turn out anything like what I imaged. But, that’s how it is with ceramics. The first, the “Fallen Soldier” was originally an upright sculpture which I wanted to look powerful and angry! I made his head huge and his legs tiny and his beard resembled fire! But I pushed the proportions too much and his legs were so thin that on the day of the pre-bisque-fire critique, he slipped right off his legs. But I tried to roll with it. I decided to continue with this project, and not start over, because now my piece had a story. Now my piece was tragic and the soldier begged for sympathy instead of fear. I felt sorry for my piece and wanted now, to play up the tragedy.  So I glazed him in pale colors and his leg came off during glaze firing! Gah! Not a problem–it fit well with the new idea.

The second ceramics piece that I added today is a ceramic bra. My intention for this piece was to be a coffee-table platter on which M&M’s and peanuts could be served. It looked fantastic before glaze firing, but the colors ended up very streaky and several cracks developed during firing. Now exactly how I wanted the piece to come out.

Finally, the commission that I added was a simple, one-color T-shirt design for a drumming organization. The idea was to have drums take the place of bombs. “Make Drums Not War” is the message of the shirt.

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