This week I finally finished my titty planter. I covered the piece in resin, then added nipples using nail polish, then added a second layer of resin over top to smooth it all out.
I made the nipples a bit too small lol, I think because the nail polish was so thick, I didn't use it in a painterly way. Next time I want to do the nipples in pencil when its greenware, and then add them in underglaze then go over it with nail polish. I was not happy with how it turned out, so I immediately made another one ! I learned from the first version that I need to make the piece a bit thicker so the individual titties stand up when I form the planter.
I am almost finished with my second try with this new planter. I made the planter thicker when I used the molds, placed them out before I poured the slip base, and made sure to put supports under the titties when I was combining the pieces. I think I want to do these all underglaze, but add resin to finish it. I learned that colored resin does not work very well when you are using such thin layers.
Meanwhile, my other chained piece is sitting in the kiln room slowly drying. I have also started to throw some more pieces to make a new version of that piece, bigger for sure. Is bigger always better? I feel like if I'm trying to create a sense of body and human my pieces need to take up more space. But after chatting with a mentor yesterday, I worry that I am not making it weird enough. I am thinking of nipples and belly buttons, lips and genitals. More spit, more drip, more mysterious fluids to make the piece interesting. I also need to make some test tiles and see that temp I want to fire my earthenware to I am thinking tests 2-6, so 5 tests to see what the color of the clay becomes.
Graduate school applications have fast approached, with some passing. My first application was due on the 15th, which I completed. The next is due tomorrow, which I am ready to submit. The final two are due on the 1st of February. This has been a whirlwind of stress and emotions, but I ultimately feel ready to take my education to the next level and can only hope the graduate selection committees agree with me. Fingers crossed that the cold calls and interviews happen soon.
Well even with all this insanity going on, I have been making.
I made this fun little planter using a boob cup mold that I found last semester, which I removed the handle and turned into a planter pot. Using only the front half I made 6 and then created this big planter. I covered in in resin and it honestly turned out a perfect nude color. Need to add nipples and do another layer of resin because some spots are missing.
I also made some more creatures. Despite everyones best efforts, I sat back down and threw some weirdos on the wheel again.
I was inspired by the last collection of pieces, but I am going larger and trying to make them little bodies with legs. These are still in progress, but I have an idea of where they are going, they are definitely a pair (are they together or exes?) only time will tell. Knowing me, it will be a projection of my own emotions.
This week I accomplished an insane amount of tasks. Finally got all of my little fleshy collared dudes done ! After all the luster drama I was able to put encaustic wax all over the pieces. It was a bit of a disaster, but just like the luster I truly learned so much in the process. First, my brand new real hair brush broke off the handle, then all the hair fell out, so I began to just use a skewer and honestly it worked great. I also was having trouble with my usual heating, so I went to the print making room and used the heat controlled platform thingy. It worked so well because you can set the exact temperature, because it was cooler I honestly just stuck my fingers in there and was able to move a lot faster with the wax application.
Next I took all my photos ! So thankful to Carly for sitting with me at the beginning, they really kept me chill and so I didn't panic. I used the tripod and photographed all of my old and new work. Actually seeing the collared pieces on a pedestal made me very happy with the outcome, but I do wish to photograph them all together maybe on a shelf? I didn't have the time or patience so figure out the best angle for each of them in order to take photos off all four. Yesterday I edited all of my portfolio pictures I edited 25 and then narrowed down the batch to 20, maybe the hardest part !
My new stress is applying to graduate school lol I need to reach out to my old professors and I totally blanked on the fact that you have to ask for letters of rec a month in advance.
Anyway thank god the semester is over so I can focus my energy on getting shit done !!!!!!!
I sold so fucking much at the sale ! I could not believe it, very happy that all the time I spent on my titty pot mold was worth it, all but one sold, plus some old work, two kewpie babies, my cute ass ashtrays. I am over the moon to know that etsy could totally be an option for me in the future.
This previous week I finally finished up all three of my sexy shoe vases, bisqued the medium sized one, quickly did a second layer of glaze, and then lustered.
Speaking of luster I added my weird old chinese luster all over my lumpy collared boys. I did not like the finish that was left on them. There were cracks in the luster, which research says I possibly overfired by a cone. There were also random holes where you could see the glaze, which might have been because I waiting 24 hours before firing, and luster attracts dust very easily. Additionally, there were some drips so I also must have made my luster layer too thick. Overall I learned ALOT, and ended up just putting two layers of nail polish over the luster. I am very happy with the results, I was able to get a higher contrast with the color I chose, I think it made the piece more me.
I also finally finished up my beautiful cum bottles. I decided to use spray paint primer, then I used graphite paper with my stencil. Donna let me borrow some acrylic paints and I got to work, decided to add the design to both sides of the bottle so I can choose the best one. I then added nail polish for the silver part of the design. And last step was nail polish for the fake cum. I want to add a layer of resin over top in case I decide to ship the piece I want to make sure the nail polish won't break off.