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Saturday, May 4, 2013

7 & 8 of the Polar Series.... a.k.a "The Twins"

There are only 2 weeks left til the end of the Semester & I'm feeling behind schedule, so I thought I'd better squeeze in a quick post! Below are # 7 & # 8 of the Polar Series. I've fondly named them "The Twins." They were both hand coiled/built hollow w/ Ann's Soda, spray glazed w/Satin Mint modified glaze, & Salt Fired side by side in the Soda Kiln. Below is #8. He kinda looks like he's smiling.
#8 Ann's Soda Cone 10 Clay Body~ Salt Fired to Cone 11
Satin Mint Modified Glaze
Dimensions: H: 14.5"   W:15"   L: 14.5"

Below are several more views. It's funny, but I'll usually find an angle I don't like when I look at a finished piece (I can be my own worst critic!) not so with this one... It's one of my favorite pieces this semester.

Besides the signature kiss of crystallization on the nose of both pieces, I also have to say I love the way the pattern of glaze/salt/flame reaction worked on the back of the piece to create an ice crystal polar feel.

Below is # 7 from various angles.

#7 Ann's Soda Cone 10 Clay Body~ Salt Fired to Cone 11
Satin Mint Modified Glaze
Dimensions: H: 15"  W: 10"  L: 22"

I quite like the way this one turned out as well, though as you may recall, this one (#7) had a small crack when it came out of the bisque. I had tried to patch it w/ magic mender for bisque ware, which can be hit or miss in the soda kiln. It didn't hold up in this firing.

I hope to be able to repair it by using a 2 part epoxy & paint to match the glaze effects. We'll see how it goes next week... I've never tried it before, but am hopeful it'll work.

Oh, I had to show a pic of the twins together... they're pretty dang cute.

In other clay/life updates, the piece above (#9) that was repaired in the greenware state has made it through the bisque just fine & is now in the Soda Kiln, along w/ # 10, both of which will be unloaded Monday... I hope they make it through alright! I also successfully moved all my things into storage (wasn't able to find what I was looking for in such a short period of time & needed to get things done for clay, not to mention work!) Luckily I've found a 3 week sublet that'll at least keep me covered until the end of the semester!
Also~ BIG NEWS!!! Our clay class Integrated Projects, is putting on a Ceramics Show next weekend of which I am very pleased to be a part of, as it is showcasing the work of a very talented group of ceramic artists. 
Please click here for more details, or feel free to email me on my profile for more details. 
If you happen to be in Santa Fe, we'd love to see you there!
As usual, I'll be super busy the next few weeks, but I'll catch up & post as soon as I can!


Randy said...

Becky, these are so wonderful. I can't wait to see them in person. It was wonderful to see you today. I am so tempted to go back but I think I will hold off until next Friday. Have a great rest of the weekend.

clairz said...

I love the smile. That last photo is one of my favorites; the lighting and the mysteriousness of it. It makes me think how wonderful it would be to see a series of photos with all the bears sometime. I'll bet the photos from the upcoming show will be spectacular!

Dad said...

I wish I could be there for the ceramic show. The photo of your work area with all the bears together is impressive. Relax and have fun.

Annie said...

Becky, I love them both! That crack is not too bad I bet you could sell it with a slight discount for the crack.Good luck with the show! All very exciting. Also good luck with finding a new home! We will catch up after you are settled.

Barb said...

Becky how wonderful - the bears and your upcoming show. You are in a whirl of busy-ness, but I have a feeling you're loving the pottery part of it. We're soon returning to snowy Breckenridge. I've enjoyed my time in the desert. I'm feeling well but am still regaining strength. Being outside has helped my spirit.

Kate said...

Oh, Becky, I am SO Happy for you! You are progressing so well with your artwork and artistic journey. Wish I was there to see the show, but I know that your friends (and Randy!) will enjoy it for me. Thanks for your recent visit, too. We spent last winter in Charleston, SC. Great area, but we missed SF!

Kate said...

Randy told me he saw the show and that your bears are awesome!!! I am so sorry that I'm not there to enjoy them, too!