One of the things I’ve been struggling with lately is that I have these awesome ideas and things are starting to work in a way I’m really happy with, except none of it is ceramic. That was happening with the work I had done both in Crafting in Virtual Space and Printmaking.
Both of these were dealing with patterns created when layers were stacked up, and were intended to be interactive. The laser cut piece has a certain number of sheets of paper in the pattern so they expand out in a grid and the viewer could rearrange them and stack them to create different patterns, and the printmaking project will eventually be bound in the corner so that some pages can be pulled off to the side and some remain stacked together so the pattern can change in a similar way to the origami paper piece.
I really liked that the viewer could see the pattern I created, but then also see the shapes that each layer is individually as well as the interactivity of people being able to change the pattern themselves. But I hadn’t figured out how to translate that into my ceramic work.
And then Bryan asked me why I wasn’t doing this in clay.
Why wasn’t I? I have no idea. Never occurred to me.
So that’s my newest endeavor.
To try it out I’ve made myself stencils to create a really simple pattern that will expand into a 9 piece grid. The pattern is just an octagon and each layer adds one little pie slice of color to the pattern. I’m creating very thin slabs of colored slip the same way I made my color test chips and when they aren’t sticky anymore I trim them using the stencils I made. We’ll see how it goes – hopefully well!