Studio :: One Month Passes

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It's been about a month since my last scribbling here and the needle has moved quite a bit forward. All the first small test pieces finally kept their glass like surface through the last burnishing (technique discovery of a sorts) and thankfully through the bisque firing. Those twelve test pieces are now awaiting the first pit firing. 

From there, with the help of shots of coffee, cat naps, lots of design drawings were done over a two week period. I continue to fill soft bound moleskine books with design drawings but with what's been done so far I felt the need to create some of the ideas that I put to paper. 

Four new pieces thrown, trimmed, shaped, and first burnished and then waited for design to be applied. These new pieces are bigger, and canvases like, for me to play around on. 

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Above are four of the twelve test pieces after they were pulled from the bisque firing. They will soon be taken through my first pit firing once the weather holds for a period of a few days. It's a wee bit of a problem with Seattle. Rain always shows up when you least want it. 

Next week has multiple sunny days and we'll try to get a firing done one of those days. Which presented another small supply issue with finding a source to sell me sawdust in a quantity that did not involve a railroad car. Thanks to the folks at Fritch Mills for giving me a source that's about fifteen minutes away and in quantities that I can move using a pickup truck. 

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Clay truffles ... small globs of clay shaped like truffles and left to dry. These will become the feet ...

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... for the new pieces that I just did. I feel it gives a bit of lift to the piece so that it's not just boringly sitting on the surface it's on. If you look closely to the image of the piece way up top it's sitting on these new feet. These pieces are in the 30cm tall range. We will start working even bigger when the time comes, eventually working about double the height for some pieces. 

For now I'll be working on the last three new pieces, moving sawdust, and working on even more designs. 

In disconnecting from one line of work and plugging oneself into another, I knew that it was going to take some time to set myself into a new pattern of work. I'm happy to say the process is set in motion.