white stoneware, cone 6
11 h x 6.25 w x 4 w inches
acrylic and stains
Have you ever been in a home where one of the windows was stuck closed? One of those old houses where years of paint have built up and the sash is painted shut. You try to open it and just can't get it to budge, so you forget about it for a while but in the back of your mind you know the window is stuck and you really want to open it. So frustrating.
You, my readers, have nudged me to open such a window. This was one of the first baskets I tried to weave and it crumpled into a mass. Several of you said I should fire it anyway. I discarded all the other baskets that crumpled, but I placed this one in this last firing. And I decided not to glaze it. In the back of my mind I planned to paint it so all sides of the piece would have a color, have a patina. I really wanted the piece to look like metal but for it to be ceramic.
Please tell me if you didn't know this was ceramic would you think it was metal? In person it really does look like metal to me. I like the idea of this piece fooling the eye. I plan to make a wood, marble, or granite base for the piece to stand on. Something heavy enough to keep it weighted on the bottom. So I'll be figuring out about making the base over the next several weeks. It's really hard to photograph. I may try again tomorrow in daylight. It's been raining so much I didn't have an opportunity to take a better photo showing the true patina.
Anyway I'm really excited about exploring this new direction. This has opened up a whole new way of thinking about ceramics and what I can do with clay. You know how I love hand building and making sculptural forms and I can't wait to delve into this area further. Thanks so much for your encouragement and comments.