Whenever I teach, I usually advise folks to walk away from a piece -give themselves a day or more to detach and then come back to their work with fresh eyes and decide what else needs to be done-if anything. I'll be taking my own advice on this piece as it is so full of detail that to add to it could either perfectly balance it off or destroy it and I want to make sure I make the right choice.
I have been working in a new medium for several months now: ceramics. I was in a creative rut of sorts and had been looking to try my hand at something new,outside my comfort zone...foreign even. It has been an exploration of how underglazes work and how best to do what I do, artistically, in this new mode of art making.
It all began with a simple vase.Then I tried my hand at a plate-seen above.With each object, I learned something different and refined how I did things.
Next I got ambitious and tackled a tall, thin pitcher. Working with such a 3-D surface proved challenging.
Seeking refuge project No. 5 was a cake plate with pedestal,seen here the day it emerged from the kiln.
Also based upon a tight sketch: the latest cake plate. It too involves multiple layers of different color underglazes.
The small cup is yet another ongoing experiment ,made up of many, many overlapping layers. My work in silkscreen involves multiple layers and that mode of working totally fascinates me, especially the way in which one layer impacts the next.