God gives his silliest battles to his funniest clowns. This week I worked too fast and killed my piece !
After a period of mourning I have begun the process of remaking the piece. I knew it wasnt holding up great but I was pushing through anyway. This next one I am hoping will be way better. I am going to build it in parts and then the final thing will be to put them all together. I am hoping that will put less pressure on the entirety of the sculpture.
In terms of 3D printing I made these venus de milo's. I printed one bottom to top, and the other laying down (which is automatically what the file wanted.) I prefer the right side up one because the other left so many marks on the back from the supports.
After the fall of my other piece i guess loss was on my mind so I rid myself of this other piece. It had a crack that felt unfixable, so i put it out of its misery. I am intrigued by what I made but I wasn't in love, it felt clunky but it was something that I made to process shit. With destruction comes creation right?
Well, last time I posted I was in the middle of firing my large pink piece and I am once again firing it. The bisque went very well. Slight cracking that I knew was going to happen, the only surprise was some of the underglaze flaking off in certain spots. I think I went a bit too heavy with it. In the meantime, I was able to build up this freak of a piece (pictured below.) Also very exciting that I placed it on this fun little guy so I can move it as a work / be better able to load 'em into the bailey next time.
Lets see, for no real reason I helped out with the soda firing on Monday. Shout out to GH for taking this photo of Molly and I. I really seem to be inspecting the soda spraying. I enjoyed the heat even though I have zero work in that kiln.
Something has finally been 3D printed. I just made myself a little texture roller. Thought it would be cute. It says drewsceramics :)
Today I started a print of the top half of Venus De Milo. I did one laying down and the other upright, very small. I am investigating the best way to print so I can print a larger version next time, maybe make a mold of it and mess around with it in my work. Not entirely sure, but I am more interested in finding 3D scans of objects on the web for printing instead of making things myself.
Another day, another dollar. What is it to be a ceramic artist I ask myself most days contemplating creativity, its complexity and yet its ability to give me reason to exist.
Thank the universe for giving me a fresh idea to put into the world!
This is possibly the most in depth plan that I have ever had for a piece in terms of size/scale. I have only just begun to figure out whats going on here in terms of making.
Bare bones, but its a place to start.
I also took the piece I made last week and covered it in lavender terra sig but forgot to take a photo.
I also fired my piece in the big bailey kiln ! It was kinda scary but I learned a lot and I feel pretty comfortable firing it alone next time. It was very fast as soon as I turned it to manual. You gotta learn to fire spooky kilns if you wanna make large work !
I actually got a LOT of work done during the firing process. It has been very healing to make this work. It feels like a nice balance between concept and process for me. Is it derivative ? absolutely lol. But I am hoping that in my finishing/cold surfacing I will make this form my own.