Monday, September 20, 2010
Working With Clay and Fire
I love working with clay and fire. These two pieces are self portraits of a sort. While I'm working with clay I give my 'self' up to the clay; hence the androgynous style figures.
The bag is large in proportion to the figure; just how I feel working with clay. The possibilities are endless and are never ending to me.
The second figure is semi reticulated. I'd like to work more with that aspect. Next time I'll make the wire longer so the appendages are more movable; the wire's a little too short. I need to allow for clay shrinkage and a little extra to bend the wire to position the appendages where I want them.
Next time I'll make the knees and elbows movable. Hm, what about the wrists and fingers. See what I mean, endless possibilities. So I think to myself, why shouldn't I explore them?
Two more from this firing; small pinch bowl above and white stoneware vase with applied terra cotta strips vase below.
Off to pack for my trip. Comments are welcome.