|What Have I Been Doing These Last Two Years
||[Jul. 20th, 2009|03:41 am]
Early spring 2007 I applied to three different lines of arts and crafts in two different (relatively) local schools. Having attended entry exams I got accepted to all of them. From the three interests of mine (dressmaking, woodworking and ceramics), I chose the one I was least familiar with - read: had no experience whatsoever - and went on to study working with clay.|
Now I have two whole years of study behind me (off of three) and a nearly two months of practical training (off of five months) with my current post being at the ateljé of one of Finland's most internationally famous ceramic artists, Heljä Liukko-Sundström. What a wonderful place to be training at, I can tell you! Wonderful, artistic people to work with and decades of experience to learn from!
Anyway, here's a small look back at what I have been doing these last two years, working with clay, starting from absolutely zero experience:
Large earthenware plate, currently residing on our studio space's windowsill:
Hand-built, slab & mold, stamped decorations.
Me working on a large jar at school, with a greenware (dried but unfired) giant bottle beside me:
Hand-built, coiled (both items).
The large jar of the above picture in bisque state (fired once, still unglazed), with black iron oxide decorations:
The large jar, now twice fired and at home. Notice how the black iron oxide has changed colour:
The huge bottle from a couple of pics back, now twice fired and having found its place at our home:
Press-mold high fire eggs with oxide decorations in an "aged" hand-built red iron oxide coloured bowl with a raku fired oxblood rim plate beside:
Jewelry, high fired, glazed on both sides:
Coffee cups (black&whites) and espresso cups (turquose&whites) of my Sunny-line with a lone yellow herb pot and a pile of herb pot plates behind them :
Coffee cups of my Plan B-line in two different styles:
Both lines have cups in espresso/coffee/large cup - tea -sizes.
A pie pan:
Slabwork/mold, coloured slips, unique piece.
... and last but not least, The Stele of Revealing in original size!
Raw, unglazed, with coloured slip:
Fired twice, glazed.
Slabwork, engravings, coloured slips. Sadly, this piece couldn't handle third firing and broke in three pieces... That was four weeks of intensive work down into - well, three pieces - due to simple chemical variance. That is, our school's glaze material supplier supplied us with "almost the same but not exactly" earthenware glaze frit, resulting in glazes not melting properly. Oh well, that's the nature of clay!
Of course, there's been a huge amount of works I haven't photographed, but at least this little snippet will give you a faint idea of where I've been lately! :D