Sunday, May 25, 2008

Finishing Up

We're entering the last week of classes at CAC and everyone, myself included, has been glazing and finishing projects from this spring session. It's been a great session and it's hard to believe it's coming to a close. I just wanted to show you some of my finished/glazed pieces that have been featured in my most recent posts. I'm very happy with most of the results and am inspired to follow up on some of the techniques I've shown. That's the way it works with me, one thing leads to another and I'm off again on some creative journey. Lately, I've been overwhelmed with new ideas and wish I had the time to investigate!! Anyway, here are some of my finished projects from the spring session.

P.S.I'm off to Florida on June 7 to visit my mom and looking forward to that.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Paper Resist

This week, I revisted a technique I haven't done in awhile. Paper resist! I began by cutting multiple shapes from newspaper. I then threw a rounded vase and when finished I moistened the surface with a wet sponge. I laid the strips of dry newspaper in the desired pattern and made sure the paper stuck sufficiently with a minimum of puckering. The moisture on the surface adheres the newspaper well. I ran my finger carefully along the edge of the paper to make sure there was a good enough seal. I then applied a stain (in this case it was Oriental Rust, a Laguna MS 100 series stain)over the surface where the paper was stuck. After applying the stain, I immediately removed the newspaper to reveal my pattern. Some seeping of the stain is inevitable and I don't even bother cleaning it up. I like the jagged edge that is created and with the additional texture I add, it becomes unnoticeable. I let the vase dry a little (20 minutes in the sun) at which point I used my sgraffito tool to carve lines through the slip and added some additional texture and carving. This is such a versatile technique that can be used on just about any form and works well with slab work, too. Many thanks again to my student Misako for the pics!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Textured Slab Project

This week I brought to class a sheet of plexiglass that had been discarded at my husbands work (He's a model maker). He brought it home a few weeks ago and asked if I could use it. I thought it might make an interesting impression in clay since it had all these circles cut out of it and so I decided to do an impromptu textured slab project with my classes. What fun it was! I brought to class my huge collection of texture tools along with the plexi sheet for my students to play with and here are some pictures of the resulting projects. As you can see, the grid-like texture was just a springboard for more elaborate designs. I kept thinking...less is more..and had to force myself to stop added texture to each piece. I'm thinking of making some more cylinders with this texture technique.