This past week was all about finishing - glazing - work. I finally glazed the two sexy shoe pieces that were bisqued a little while back, giving them a second layer of the black glaze that fluxes. I did the same with my collared little lump pots they finally have their second layer of glaze. Now I just need to luster up all the "metal" parts of those pieces to finish them and take photos.
I also glazed a ton of titty pots for the sale super happy to say that the low fire glaze seemed fine on the cone 10 body although there was definitely a lot of clinking noises after I took them out of the kiln - and I was patient I waited until 180 ! I put out 24 items for the sale hopefully there are a few bites :) I was thinking that in December I will work on setting up an etsy to get rid of some work, I think the little light booth will suffice for photos at an etsy level.
Other than that I have one more medium sized sexy shoe to finish, just needs its black lines added, I originally used black slip and that turns out gray if you don't add a clear glaze, so instead I need to use the classic black underglaze over it.
I have one more rug to make to finish out my series. I have been thinking hard about these pieces. The people seem to like them and encourage me to make more, but I am not sure I have it in me. I am unsure about the direction of my work at the moment. I am too dependent on the pedestal as a whole. Don't tell anyone but I've been enjoying my descent into "functionality." I made a couple of cute ashtrays for the sale that I am obsessed with honestly. Maybe I just need to go on a walk in the woods or something, truly take some device free alone time to think about where I am headed. Before I know it I will be applying to grad school holy shit... This all feels unreal.
Hello from quarantine - never mind literally as i typed this my results came back negative !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last week I was able to accomplish some goals, made three ashtrays goldilocks style - small medium and large. Hoping to bisque and see which size I like best and maybe make more. I also made my sexy shoe vases in small and large - with medium unable to finish at the moment. lol I'll finish it ASAP baby ya boy is covid free.
In other amazing news I sold a piece !!!!!!!!! My piece spit or swallow SOLD BITCH. This is the most someone has ever paid for my work which is cool as fuck ! But I am a bad man, as alex g says (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbrJ9BXOvqU), and did not take quality photos of this piece- only used the light box and my iphone. A valuable lesson has been learned. I should have finished the piece earlier and taken the time to take good photos, but I was running late on making the rug and had to ship it out quickly. I didn't think it needed to arrive a week before the show lol. Anyway I'm taking this as a sign to redo the piece because in all honestly I am obsessed with the mouths, but don't love the body/form of it anyway. Wish i knew who bought it I would love to thank them !
Been working on my powerpoint for my BFA critique on thursday. Interested in hearing what the professors of IUS have to say about my work (since the kids never say anything.)
Oh also, one of pieces was chosen to be in the juried show ! I am feeling fine and fresh and like maybe im onto something here with my new body of work, thinking its time to stop playing with functionality and get back to sculpting. But as I keep saying, December is going to be IT for me. No children haunting the studio, can play deftones loud as fuck and get into it bitch !
Now that I have received the news of being covid free, its time to go back to the studio for me. Also fucking so excited to get to chat with Iren Tete about my work today.
Having not been to the studio this weekend, it made me so grateful for having access. As nice as it was to watch Dune for 5 hours I need to get my ass off the couch and back to making.
Overall, I've had one of those weeks that makes me feel really secure in my work. The world of ceramics can be so intimidating, but it feels nice to get a crumble of recognition. I mean jesus h christ I took my first class summer of 2018 its only 2021 and someone bought a sculpture ? I am in a juried show ? and I felt like I was dying because I couldn't be in the studio ? lol.
My collared creatures are still sitting, waiting for a second round of glaze. Sadly, my heart lock belt dude had a little accident need to fix that before I begin to glaze so I can do them all at once. I want to cold surface - encaustic - the red clay body once I have also lustered the metal bits.
I simultaneously have been working on my sexy shoe vases. The big boy is finished and ready for bisque, the little one is finished and drying, and I have made the basic shape of the medium one, just needs to be decorated. I think once these are bisque fired I will glaze the inside with this beautiful strawberry crystal glaze with little bits of black and white specks. Its the same glaze I use for the nail color and I think it will be gorg on top of the red body. I am really happy with the process of these. I do not consider myself to be especially talented in terms of drawing/painting/decorating so this has been cool to work on and people seem excited about them, been a nice confidence boost.
Since I've been enjoying the process of the shoes, I have again returned to an old concept from earlier this year and started working on some ash trays that will have a mouth design in them. I am also (ugh) adopting the potter mind set and working in sets. I now am beginning to understand that there is something important ? something soothing or maybe ritualistic, about working on a piece in multiples. It allows me to really meditate on the form/decoration and then the learning curve makes the last piece incredible.
Still have another rug to make, still have to finish my cum bottles. Recently, I've been getting so excited about new ideas that I haven't been finishing work. yikes. I feel like everything will get done in December, thats what I keep telling myself. The idea of the school year is fabricated deadlines aren't real, but I do wish I would fully follow through on my art.