It is rainy and cold outside, so these owls are taking refuge in my studio! I thought it would be fun to throw some open ended cylinders on the wheel, then try to make cats or owls out of them. The owls won!
I haven't really done animals much before, so it was a very interesting exercise pushing the clay around and working out how to do things.
Most of these were done in seconds rather than minutes. I just wanted to give myself a quick overview of cat anatomy!
I also constructed a very odd sort of vase out of two of the cylinders stacked on top of each other. I decorated the outside with segments of another cylinder that I had cut up. I made the inner surface of the segments face outward.
All a bit strange for me, but it came hard on the heels of doing a small abstract painting, so my thoughts were still dealing with volumes, textures, and forms in a manner that pulled me some distance from something that was first and foremost made to be useful. I rather thought that the thing would collapse overnight, but it survived... so I will let it dry and fire it. Slosh a glaze over it, then fire again! Then I will plonk it in the corner of my studio and see what it says to me!
Today I put another glaze recipe up on my High Fire Glaze page, it is an iron red glaze that I am calling My Wen Red. Do try it if you are doing cone 10 oxidation firings, I would love to hear how you get on with it. I haven't used it much myself thus far as yet, but it is proving to be really beautiful. I want to play further with the way it is fired, trying a hold whilst the kiln cools and so on. I will also try it with more red iron oxide, or even some crocus martis (FeSo4) for the iron.
|My Wen Red. Porcelain. Cone 10 oxidation.|