Friday, September 10, 2010
Tattered and Scattered
One day I took a twenty minute walk around our yard and found lots to see. We finally found a motorhome for our trip to North Carolina. The motorhome has a few issues, but Gary's madly working on those. After North Carolina we'll head up to the Eastern coast for a while. Notice I never removed the title in my blog header? I guess I'll be the traveling potter again. Gary was cleaning out the cabinets in the motorhome and found some old lace doilies.
All I have is black sculpture clay so I impressed a slab of black clay with the lace and made this tattered lace bowl. The bowl is about 16 inches wide and 5 inches deep. What am I doing making functional pieces with non functional clay? The only clay I have is this cassius basaltic so that's what I used. I really have to go get more clay tomorrow. I like how the green and blue slip looks on the black clay. I pinched and ripped off the rim like tattered lace.
I've been wondering how to denote the decorative purpose of pieces I make. I thought about writing in white slip on the bottom, "Not Food Safe, Decorative Only". A label would fall off. That's a bunch of words to squeeze on the bottom of a piece. Maybe just "Decorative Use Only". I could have a rubber stamp made and dip it in white slip and stamp the bottom. What do you think?
I may have enough pieces of this black sculpture clay to do a firing. If I don't glaze them I was thinking to myself, what's the sense of firing twice, why not do a single fire electric. Do you single fire? If so what program do you use? How slow do you bring it up? This cassius basaltic clay can be touchy and is best only up to Cone 4.
In other news I'm thinking of doing a barrel firing and putting a couple of of my bag forms in the firing. Kind of risky since they are open forms and rather delicate in nature, but the results might be nice and then I don't have to worry about getting stilts for them and grinding the stilt marks off.
When I left California I left all my barrel firing ingredients there. I had hardwood, softwood, bags of rice hulls, straw bales, barrels of sawdust, and plenty of barrels for firing. There just wasn't room for all that in our treasure bus. Besides four legged critters might have taken up residence in the bus. Now I'm scrounging for supplies again.
Oh, I found out I can get rice hulls at a beer making supply. I want to burn rice hulls to make rice hull ash to use in some glazes. My projects are a bit scattered, but they'll all come together eventually. Comments and suggestions are welcome.