Sunday, November 7, 2010
I'm jazzed about the geometric pieces I keep coming back to. This tumbling triangles piece is 15 x 4 x 1.5 inches. If I can keep these pieces under sixteen inches they'll fit in my kiln nicely. My drying shelves are only 14 inches tall, so I have to kneel down with the piece held in both hands to put it in a lower kitchen cabinet. I always worry I'll hit it against something or drop it. I need a special cabinet for taller pieces. My studio has spread to nooks and crannies all over the house.
In the back of my mind I want to go big, really big. Somehow I'll find a way to do that. For now really big is on the back burner, simmering. Unless, make that until, I can perfect the details on a totem style piece, that's another simmering idea. I know Tracey did a totem project some time ago; can't seem to find the post. What about you, do you have things simmering on the back burner?
I arranged the triangles differently on the other side, so tumbling triangles is a reversible piece. When I made the piece, I liked the second one, now I think I like the first one. I can think of all kinds of possibilities for more triangle designs. Then there are squares, circles, and so on. I may even cover a piece completely with geometric shapes.
Building tall narrow rectangular shapes is a challenge, which I relish, and applying the geometric sprigs is fun, so I think the glazing will also be fun. I'm wondering how I can build a plastic mold for geometric shaped pieces instead of cardboard or wood. Round isn't a problem because I can use PVC pipe. I use forms because I work with semi soft slabs and plastic is lightweight yet sturdy and can be sprayed with WD40 or Pam so the clay won't stick. I may contact a plastic store about square and triangular shaped forms; I'm sure custom forms would cost an arm and a leg. Plexiglass isn't inexpensive either. There's so much made of plastic nowadays, there must be something I could use.
Recently Judy had a post about her earthenware journey which got me thinking about my own journey in clay. I'm rolling all kinds of ideas around in my head about my past journey and what the future holds, so expect a post about that.
Meanwhile I'm back working on my art booth display; I'm priming the shelves now. I've set up the saw horses inside because with the cooler weather the paint dries inside much quicker. The display was delayed since the yard sale was time consuming and exhausting. The sale was fun and profitable. A few odds and ends we didn't sell we left by the curb for free and all that's gone too. I met so many neighbors and also had several folks sign up for clay classes I'll start after the first of the year. Today I'll finish priming, tackle those hinges, and go to a local art show.