Surface Progress

I haven’t really posted anything about what I’ve been up to in my other ceramic classes, but since I’m starting to get results I’m pretty happy with I thought I’d add in some stuff from Anat’s surface class.

We had to start from a historical ‘pot of love’ and move into our own interpretation of it’s glaze.  I chose a celadon bottle with incised designs, because I’ve always enjoyed that celadons are transparent, but also a source of color.  I chose not to pursue making traditional celadons for a couple of reasons though:

1. I really prefer to work at cone 6.  I have more control over it and I’ll be able to continue working at cone 6 after I leave New Paltz without having to find a studio to work at, so working at cone 6 now means developing things recipes I can take with me when I leave.

2. I wanted to pursue a much brighter color pallet than iron provides in traditional celadon glazes.

I’m using the same base glaze that Danny is using in his work, and adding mason stains to achieve the colors I want.

Blue slip, blue screen printing, blue glaze.

Blue slip, blue screen printing, blue glaze.

Tangerine slip, red screen printing, yellow glaze.

Tangerine slip, red screen printing, yellow glaze.

Dark red slip, black screen printing, clear glaze.

Dark red slip, black screen printing, clear glaze.

I use paper stencils to create the resist pattern when I paint on the colored slip, and then use a tissue paper transfer process to screen print crochet patterns on top of that.  I’m working right now to create patterns that are more integrated, so the initial paper resist design will be more of a representation of the shapes that are made when the piece is crocheted.

The final pieces for the class will be two sets of 6 or 8 plates both with paper resist and screen printing crochet images.  One set will be using colored slips and a clear glaze, and the other will be a more subtle slip and the colored glazes I’ve been testing.

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