Saturday, June 7, 2014

return to woodfire

This spring my ceramic students cast their faces with plaster gauze and used the molds to make fabulous clay masks. While the project was happening, I met Richard Carter, sculptor and ceramic artist who has Anagama and Norbuirga woodfire kilns in northern Cali.  Perfect timing was at work as Richard and his crew had just finished a firing. I met them at the unloading. So exciting to meet them and see their fabulous operation.  I've been invited to participate in a late October firing.  My students gifted me their face molds when the class project was complete, to use in a new project involving some sixty beautiful faces pressed out as multiples.


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Monday, February 10, 2014

coppered

Return to teaching has brought me back to clay. I'm grateful for access to a clay studio with ample space to work, and wonderful colleague and laid back students.
This box is made of cone 5 stoneware, painted with copper carbonate (experimenting w/ minerals) and then a pale blue glaze. Its 5.5" x 8" x 4.5" I'm delighted with the way the copper leached through glaze resulting in metallic effects.