Over the last few weeks I have been tripping on pomegranates. I have been obsessed with their shape and how it changes as they mature. Paper clay is a fabulous product in that it makes it so easy to sculpt – I can add bits or detract without worrying too much about using slip or that the shape will warp…
I have tried terracotta, white eartenware and grogged paper clay so far, and the grogged is my absolute favourite.
I can’t wait for them to dry out so I can bisque fire and then glaze and smoke fire them… They are are between 20 and 30 cm tall. Watch this space!
I am still living and dreaming ferns and clay. While walking across the East Hill in lemon afternoon sunlight, I imagine a bronze age settlement alive with people and horses. A woman from the camp walks towards me across the bracken. Her shape is dark against the sun but I know she is smiling.
When I got home I made a ceramic torso with a fern from the hills. I daubed a thin coat of manganese oxide on her body and made the fern bright green using copper oxide and transparent glaze. The size is 50cm x 35 cm and she is made to hang on the wall. I have made the torso look as though it has been recently unearthed from some archaeological dig with holes and cracks incorporated in the design.
I have finally got around to take a photograph of the ceramic torso you saw me smoke fire with Emilie and Guillaume in this previous post: http://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/smoke-firing-work-shops-2/
I also showed a bit about how it was made, destroyed and then re-made here : http://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/ceramic-torso-again/
I have not added any oxides, only a shiny white brush on glaze from Botz. The smoke provided a silvery black patina. I meant to continue working on it - I was thinking about giving the scorpio a red or orange glaze – but it is kind of nice in an understated way like this, I think.