Sunday, March 28, 2010
In my undergraduate studies I made a lot of pots out of stoneware clay. For those who dont know what stoneware clay is I'll explain. Stoneware clay bodies are made up of many different materials. sometimes they have high amounts of iron in them, others have alot of tooth, or grit. Some are very plastic, but most are pretty easy to work with on the wheel. Porcelain is almost the opposite. Sometimes not plastic, mostly hard to work with on the wheel, not much grit which makes it hard to keep from slumping. Porcelain holds glazes beautifully, and some bodies have a translucency to them. Stoneware bodes usually have an earthy feel, and look with glazes on them. Once again, different ends of the spectrum. After seeing the results of a few tests, I've decided to move my work to porcelain. lots more tests to come!
Here are a few images of what I've been working on.
Some clay body tests. we'll see how translucent they are. This body was given to me from a fellow grad and friend of mine Jon Matecki. jmateckiclay.blogspot.com Check it out! He's crazy!
Soup tureen! Carved handles. Thrown, altered and then assembled.
I'll be back soon with another update!
Friday, March 26, 2010
So as you can see from these photos that most of the suface detail that I socarefully put into my work can not be seen with this choice of glaze. so I will be doing more glaze testing. also the clay body, in combonation with the glaze is nowhere near as vibrant as what I was hoping for. but be aware, I am still working!