Monday, August 10, 2015

Work in progress and new work for Savannah Clay: 2015

Work in progress for the upcoming show Savannah Clay: 2015 which opens September 4 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Savannah GA.  This little guy is hanging out with the new kitten, who is making him look bigger than he is.  I will endeavor to post more images once this work is complete.  It is fun to be getting back to making sculptures after a long hiatus of making strictly functional work.

I completed this piece in June, although it still needs a little fine tuning before I install it.  I've been scornful of the new trend towards photographing work on a white background, but I really think it works well with this piece.  For a long time most of my work was fairly white, so a white background was not a great idea, but now that my work is getting more colorful I think I am becoming a convert.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Over the holiday break I made some good progress on a project I have been intending to complete since we purchased our new house.  The entryway to our house, which is directly outside of my studio, is carpeted.  This is silly for the design of a house, but particularly for a ceramic artist.  I have decided that the floor needs to be tiled to be more practical.  But of course, I can't just go out and buy tiles and be happy with them, so I had to design a tile entryway.

My original intention was to hand-make all of the tiles and then decorate them.  After doing the math I discovered it would be more cost effective to purchase finished commercial and add glaze decoration on top.  I'm using the Mayco Stroke and Coat glazes, which seem to be able to stick well on a glossy glaze surface. This is my test tile to make sure it would work.  Now I just have to glaze all the rest of them.
The overall design.  It actually took me close to a month just to draw this out.  Hopefully I will have a tile floor by summer.