Tuesday, March 9, 2010
My Kind of Place
Isn't this the most beautiful shimmery, pebbly surface you have ever seen? Such wonderful mother of pearl colors reflecting the light. I just love it. How in the world can I recreate this in clay. The raised pebbles are so luscious.
Today we were driving around looking for a public restroom. I knew we'd find one at a fast food restaurant, so we stopped at McD's. As I was leaving the restroom I noticed some interesting interior features. I was impressed enough to get my camera and take some photos. McD's is my kind of place, yes, indeed-ee.
I'm sure everyone eating their breakfast was wondering why I was taking photos inside a McD's. But look at the surface of this water feature which was located there. Isn't it wonderful? There were two columns of Plexiglas flanking the pebbles with water bubbling up through them.
When I got home I realized I was out of white stoneware and the effect on red clay wouldn't be quite the same. But I thought enough of the pebbly surface to try it with the red clay. My piece has a different surface, but I like it. If I had had some shellac I could have painted the pebbles and then wiped the surface away to raise them. Perhaps I could have used wax. Instead I cut out pieces of clay and rolled them into a slab and kept adding more and more. Hope they hold together. Thinking of how to achieve the surface reminded me of how Jim Gottuso makes such beautiful surfaces on his pots.
Up next, no there won't be any golden arches, but wait a minute, arches would be a wonderful sculpture wouldn't they? How about you, have you ever been inspired by an unusual location or something unlikely? Comments and suggestions are welcome.