Monday, February 13, 2012
Twenty One Degrees
Sculptural ceramic pottery and geometric forms keep recurring in my work. When we first moved here I made quite a large shell inspired basket. It made it through the bisque and glaze firing just fine. Later I made a pedestal container where one of the sprigs fell off during firing. It was a big disappointment. I even have a couple of pieces in the drying cabinet which I haven't fired that have been there for months.
A month or so ago I thought of making a geometric pedestal bowl, this time more of a pyramid shape and after I added sprigs I called the piece toltec transformation. I got the lower pyramid shaped portion put together just fine. The lower portion is an enclosed form so I poked a hole in the side. Then I couldn't get the upper portion to stay upright. I finally put two parts of the upper portion together and attached them to the lower pyramid shaped pedestal. At the time they were quite dry and I didn't think they'd stay together. But I was amazed they stayed together during the bisque firing.
This unfired piece is the other two parts to the upper shape which I have not bisqued yet. I thought I would pit fire this section. Maybe put some wax resist on the sprigs. I put some holes in the top I'm keeping open with toothpicks and I envisioned some feathers inserted there maybe a metal headdress, not sure what. There's a larger hole in the bottom to slide a metal rod to attach this piece to another sculptural ceramic piece after firing. But then again judging from the glaze fired one, this one will also probably separate.
I glazed the background with a bronze colored glaze and the sprigs with glazes that were supposed to run, hoping they would. But they didn't run. And here you can see the two upper sections separated during the glaze firing. Now I consider this very lucky because the two pieces could have separated completely and fallen on other pieces in the kiln but they didn't. Pyramid and triangular shapes are a recurring shape for me. I'm feeling the pull to more sculptural ceramic pottery again so I'll be working on more of those soon. The other day I was cutting up some vegetables and I cut the tip of my left index finger quite deep so I'm waiting for it to heal a few days and then I'll be back working with the wet clay. By the way it was twenty one degrees here last night. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.