Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Into the Studio

Yesterday was one of those glorious spring days where the sun is bright, the temperature is perfect, birds are singing, the dogs are behaving, and all is right with the world. What that means for me is I get to spend time in my real studio. The one that is outside and looks a lot like a garage with kilns and big studio stuff.

I’ve had in mind a few things that I’ve wanted to do with my functional work for a while. And with a show coming up at the end of April, well it was just time to get moving. Nothing like a few deadlines to spark a bit of creativity.

I think that carpet of flowers in front of our cabin inspired me to create my own little version. Among other things I made a tray and little serving dishes that have got a flower pattern stamped into it. If you think it looks a little like the zinnia buttons you would be right. I made stamps a from the button molds and finally was inspired to use them. These are all ready to go into the kiln.

But what I am really excited about is this tile. It was bound to happen. The buttons would make their way onto the surface of something else. I see bright colours on this one!

This tile is made from lots of very thin, very moist, slabs of clay, a little less than 1/8” (3mm) thick. These are a bit tricky to work with. They are delicate coming off the slab roller and I did find out pretty early on that one does not pick up a large sheet of clay by the edge and try to carry it over to the work table. Harsh words were used when one particularly large slab of clay dropped onto the icky dirty floor.

But I’m pleased with the results. I like the plumpness of it and the sense of the inner void that it has. Making it was a lot like sewing. Each piece is cut, shaped, rolled up, and pinched together. Then I put on a back with a keyhole opening for hanging it. Now it is drying slowly. Too much drying too fast and it will crack apart into a zillion pieces. OK maybe that is an exaggeration.

Wishing you all a great spring day!



SueBeads said...

I love it all! I love the little trays you made, the tile is so great! Can't wait to see it finished!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Beautiful - and I was thinking of Queen Anne's Lace flowers, with their white and taupe color, on that tray ... Lovely work, makes me want to get my hands into some dirt and plant flowers soon.

SummersStudio said...

Thanks Sue & Lynn. I never know what things will look like finished. I have a picture in my head but the kiln does it's own finishing touches that I can't always anticipate. Lynn, the Queen Anne's Lace has just given me another idea!

2ifbysea said...

Can't wait to see the finished products! I'm sure they'll be beautiful.

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

This is going to be fabulous glazed!

Andrew Thornton said...

I really like this pattern you've created. It reminds me of flowers and barnacles and seed pods and fossils and crystal structures. NICE!

SummersStudio said...

Thanks everyone! I love feedback especially on things in progress. I start to see new things.

Andrew, it's funny you should say that about the barnacles, fossils, and things. I woke up the next day and it clicked. I started a whole new series of work based on those patterns.