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.