I did that once a few years ago…made 100 teacups. They weren’t nearly so wonderful as these…but I did learn a lot from the exercise. I am so attracted to variations on a theme, all in a line. So satisfying.
Since I was traveling post-workshop and didn’t want to transport leather or bone dry greenware, I spent some of my time experimenting with layered slip techniques, and then wrapped the slabs in plastic for transport home to my studio. I then used some of my molds to make things when I got back to Florida. Here’s a composite shot of some pieces:
And a closeup of a rectangular plate:
Another technique we learned was for this type of textured, layered tile. I used one of Lana’s hand stamps to make this prototype:
It was bisque fired and then treated with underglaze that was brushed into the textures and wiped off the surface. Fun! I’m working on some imagery to use with this technique… Stay tuned 🙂
I’m in Asheville for a week on vacation, taking a workshop with Lana Wilson at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. Lana is a very dynamic teacher and we learned lots today. Above are a some examples of a layered slip decorating technique. Way fun.
I went to the AASL Conference in New Orleans the first week of March. It was my first visit to what I consider my home town since Hurricane Katrina. The conference was great, and it was wonderful to catch up in person old friends Robert & Jon (who kindly housed me for 4 nights) but I must say that I don’t think New Orleans will ever be the same as it was pre-Katrina. Tourists who visit and never leave the Quarter/Downtown areas may think everything is back to “normal”, but really, it’s not. Driving in from the East on I-10, I could see whole sections of the city abandoned. Even in uptown New Orleans, in still obviously affluent areas, there are pockets of blight. Below is a photo of a building where I went to high school. This building no longer houses NOCCA, which was relocated (pre-Katrina) to a quite amazing facility in the Marigny. The older, city-owned building in Uptown New Orleans now stands empty, vandalized, and rotting, in the middle of a wealthy residential neighborhood. Sad, but all too common.