Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Pale River - 9298H

A Pale River - 9298H 

It's hard to describe the feathery crystals that create the movement along the edge where these two glazes meet. Like the shoreline at high tide, with the waves pulling back... the shore gives some and takes some. In this case, the glaze changes with every layering interaction.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Purple-Black Storm (9298B)

Purple-Black Storm, (9298B), 16" diameter, fired to cone 8 over three days and cooled for two days.

It is amazing seeing these platters again. The level of detail in the closeup images just blows my mind. I wish I had enough wall space to show them all off, all the time! They really need to be seen, with good light, at eye level, to really appreciate them.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Untitled: 5198II

Trying to describe the slight metallic pearlescent cream glaze, and how it interacts with the fluid blue gloss glaze is downright impossible. The recrystalization of the fluid blue is almost like watching ice form on a still pond.  This platter was shown in the Ithaca Ceramics Exhibition back in 2008 and is still available for purchase or for exhibition.

As you get closer and closer to the details, you can see that there are crystals that are partly submerged in the blue glaze. I wonder if they are growing up or down through the glass!

Giving It Another Try (598)

598, 1998, untitled, fired to cone 8 over three days, and cooled 
for three days, oxidation. $1200

This platter never received a wonderfully descriptive or artistic name. It still sits there, with it's original designation: 598. It wasn't the five hundred and ninety-eighth platter... rather it was made in May 1998. That really just takes into account when it was thrown. In many instances it was months between when the platter was thrown and when it was glazed and then fired.

When it first came out of the kiln I was so disappointed with the glaze blisters. I almost smashed this platter into gravel, I was so frustrated. I kept it on my shelves for a few weeks in hopes that I would find something redeeming about the flaws. Over the next month it began to grow on me. By the time I put it on the way for its first vertical exhibition, I was quite taken with it.

Some of these details may end up as posters. The level of detail is staggering. So much rich color and texture!!

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