I've been exploring some intersections between classic forms and pop art recently. In particular, I've been pursuing surfaces that suggest age , but with colour that produces a decaying, weathered texture rather than the blacks or browns of real dust and dirt. As a contrast, I'm coupling these surfaces with super fat glazes that are almost food like. I intend to continue this exploration down a much more gaudy path. Photos by the fabulous Mick Bell, at Bell Studio St Kilda.
I've been adding larger sized grog to my clay bodies. The body additions are becoming not so much grog anymore as much as small rocks, and I've had to develop ways to add these pieces to the clay body in a way that doesn't render the clay too toothy to throw or trim. The body is stained with Mason stains, the course grog is stained black. These pieces are part of the culmination of my practice-led research subject at uni this semester.
I absolutely love this titanium glaze, it creates a really lovely surface, almost like icing. It also does lovely things to the speckles as they break through. This is cone 10 porcelain with added speckles.
This is a test cup with Clayworks TMK and coloured speckles made from an Egyptian paste type recipe. The speckles seem to have not broken through the clay surface as much, they seem quite contained for some reason. More tidy looking than normal. xx
Indulging my infantile sense of humour! But you have to admit... pretty funny yes? This is Walkers white midfire with coloured speckles added. This clay, although not advertised as mid-fire porcelain, is actually translucent when thin enough.
There is quite a process in making clay, especially white clays. Veins of the components that go into clay (kaolins, feldspars, silica, etc) are mined until they run out and once they're gone, they're gone. Its a notion I can't seem to let go off and consequently I recycle as much of my clay as I possibly can. One of the interesting things that arise from that from time to time is that if I don't mix the recycle thoroughly I get fantastic swirls of different coloured clays. You can see the different clays at the bottom of this one. I love it, it adds more to the surface. This is cone 6 porcelain reclaim with coloured speckles x