During Spring Break and Summer Hiatus …

I was fairly busy:  finishing up projects from earlier in the Spring semester, working on new projects and experimenting a lot.

One goal was to use up partial bags of cone 6 clay that had been laying about the studio for far too long.  Another goal was to experiment with using slips and trying new forms.  Finally set aside a day to take pictures and …. here they are.

This first bowl/platter is made on a form that I found in someone’s bulk trash pile.  It turned out fairly well and I like the glaze except for all the tiny glass bubbles in it.  Guess that’s because I used dark clay and it gave off the gasses during the firing process.  The glaze is Red Gold by Coyote Clay.

 

 

Worked with slip and underglaze and a bit of sgraffito.  Obviously, I need to refine the process so the words aren’t smeared.

This pot has a rough texture created by a crater slip.  The part with the gears has a white slip to emphasize the texture.  Overall, I like the effect and will have to try this again.

This artifact/pitcher is a project from Spring semester.  It uses a crackle slip and was soda fired.

More from Spring semester. This project was to demonstrate what glazes look like when overlapped and partially blocked out.

A bowl with slip on the outside and glaze on the inside. Again, I like the way the glaze highlights the texture.

A vase with a face.   And another (below).

The head is supposed to show left-brain/right-brain.  I like the concept but not the execution.  Will have to try this one again.

A couple of experimental forms.  They were almost too tall for the kiln.

 

A tiny dancer and a pitcher and a totem …

And another vase and and mug and bowl.

And remember the cat?  Well, I added some decals.  Here are close-ups …

And that’s how I spent my Spring Break and Summer Hiatus.

Visiting Dallas Arboretum

For the month of August,  the Dallas Arboretum offered a special:  $2 admission and $5 parking.  Early August days were cooler than normal and we decided to go over Sunday morning.

The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibit was held over  and, during our visit, we were able to see about half of the sculptures.  We’ll have to go back again in a week or so to see the rest.

Anyway, here (in no particular order) are photos of the gardens and sculptures.

Making a Cat Sculpture

I’ve been fascinated with hand-built clay sculptures for a long time.  Tried to create a few with some success but more disappointments.  I think it’s because I’ve always built over a form, not trusting myself to build it from scratch.  I’d even tried a sculpture class or two but didn’t really understand the process; so, it was back to my partial success with forms.

When Creative Arts Center of Dallas offered an animal sculpture workshop, I signed up … a couple of times.  But, each time, it was cancelled until last month.  Frankly, I was surprised that the workshop was a GO! because class size was limited and we were required to wear masks.

Well, this was the best workshop ever! Susan Giller helped me understand the process of building a solid figure, refining it, hollowing it out and finishing it.  Here are some “work in progress” photos.