Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ancient History (22698D)

Ancient History, 22698D, 1998. 

This platter gave rise to dozens of other platters. Ideas that came from this one piece in the end, directed the direction of so many others. The chrome red crackle glaze appeared only a few times. The glowing pale white with the darker blue lines never appeared again. Still not sure why. Guess in some ways, these glazes are still such a mystery.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Many Worlds In One - 22698C

Many Worlds In One, 22698C, 1998. 

This platter came out of the second firing I ever did with this series. I had only thrown 4 disks/platters. Everything else in the firing was handbuilt, almost like square or rectangular trays. I don't have many images of the rectangular pieces. I may have to spend some time this coming month trying to get new images made of them. It is exciting seeing the earliest pieces, because the ideas were so fresh. Nothing had become expected. Each platter was such a new experiment. The uncertainty bordered on insanity. The loss rates exceeded 90%. But, there was such a phenomenal learning curve happening that it was heady. Each successful platter gave birth to ten more of which one of two might survive.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nailing Jello to the Wall - 11799B

Nailing Jello to the Wall, 11799B, 1999

This platter was glazed on one of those nights where I was definitely burning the candle at both ends. Never mind that my ex-wife and I were fighting non-stop... so being home wasn't worth being there for... and never mind the strife in the studio.... I just kept right on glazing. Sometimes I would glaze for two to three days, non-stop. Would load one kiln and get it rolling after days of glazing, and completely forget what I had put into the kiln. Then I would resort to my glaze notebooks which looked like sick mixed with coffee stains (I dont drink coffee)....covered in dry glaze powder. And I wonder why some of my glaze ideas turned out completely backwards. Yeah... I was my own worst enemy as I worked on these platters. Once in while, they resulted in some fantastic colors and textures... other times, not so much. Of the dozen platters that went into this firing, only two survived and of those, only this one made it to NY.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Untitled - 11298A

11298A - Untitled

 This platter turned out so differently from what I expected. To this day, I still dont really understand how the white under the pink/purple/red came into being. My original design had this turning out matte orange, with a pale blue green underneath it. I think the three day firing and crash cooling may have had something to do with the results.

If you can come up with a groovy name for this platter, I want to hear it!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mossy Green - 9998C

9998C, Mossy Green, 1998

When this platter first emerged from the firing, after cooling for four days, the fluid glaze I had expected to find a rich glossy red... had cooled to this lovely matte green. The rivulets and crystals had had so much extra time to cool and coalesce. Just enough of the glaze had overlapped the edge of the rim of the platter, pulling the black slip and drawing the cobalt and chrome and copper into the very edge of the main glaze... giving it an almost blue fade.

Unexpected, most definitely, but certainly not unwelcome.