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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Semester Season Finale!! Last Bears of the Semester: 9 & 10 of the Polar Series

Thanks to all that stopped by our Ceramics Show! I think it was a successful event & so nice to see everyone's work displayed in such a professional manner. 
(Sorry I didn't take pics of the event- just the set up- but some other people did, so hopefully those will make their way around.)
Now I'm just tying up loose ends & wrapping up the end of the Semester~ here are number 9 & 10 of the Polar Series. 
(#11 didn't make it into the kiln due to spatial limitations at the end of the Semester... so it'll have to wait patiently til next time!)

#9 In the Polar Series
Ann's Soda Cone 10 Clay Body- Salt fired to Cone 11
Satin Mint Modified Glaze
Dimensions: H: 13.5"  W:13.5"  L:22"

This was one of the 3 that I built w/ the Ann's Soda Clay Body while I was waiting for results on the others.

I have to say, I do love the glaze effects on the Ann's Soda, & while the Soda Kiln can be very unpredictable, the 3 done w/ this clay body came out very similar.

The only problem, as you recall, is the tendency of this clay body to crack in the Soda Kiln. This one, #9, actually cracked during the drying phase, despite my longer than normal drying time. I had used the "Magic Mender" for bisqueware, which actually worked quite well & sealed the crack during the bisque. At least temporarily... until it went into the Soda. While it didn't crack wide completely open during the final firing, you can see where it looks like it may have opened during the fire,(diagonal line below & to the left of the neck) but settled back down. I had sprayed extra glaze on on that part hoping that would help... note the glaze drip coming down from the neck as well.

Signature Soda Kiss on the face...

and arctic feeling polar haunches.

I photo'd these straight out of the kiln in my improvised photo booth in my little studio space at school. The photos aren't the best, but it worked in a pinch to get them documented. 
Below is my Piece de la Resistance of the Semester!
When it first came out of the kiln, I was like "Whoa, that's intense," not sure if I was liking it or not... it was so different than the others! It only took me about 30 minutes to completely fall in love with it, and it is now my favorite piece! And YES, it is the same glaze as the one above! Amazing what a difference the clay bodies make!
I had tested several little bears with the dark brown clay body with this glaze last semester... the results came out very dark brown... almost black, so I was interested as to how it would work on a larger piece. Below are several views. It can appear grayish to black with brown highlights, depending on the lighting. I love how the darker areas shimmer when hit by sunlight.

#10 in the Polar Series
Laguna Dark Brown Cone 10 Clay Body, Salt Fired to Cone 11
Satin Mint Modified Glaze
Dimensions: H: 15"  W: 10"  L: 22"

So that wraps it up for now! Now I've got to get to studio cleaning & get ready for my more permanent move this week. I've got one more clay related post on a workshop I took last month... will try to get it posted next week.
See you soon!


John Brisson said...

Number ten is a real beauty!!!


clairz said...

I wish that I could be a better art critic but I always love each bear even better than the last. As always, I want to reach out and run my hands over the surface of each one. Gorgeous work, Becky.

Barb said...

What an earthy effect the brown/gray has. I love seeing the differences. Hope you have a little breather now, Becky. I'm at Phoenix Airport flying back to CO.

Annie said...

Becky, Not sure how I missed this post. I love the brown bear! he is a beauty.
Let's talk soon! xoxo

Randy said...

HI! I hope your having a good Summer so far. Good news, I got an "A" on my glass. We also {cross your fingers} might finally get our house! If all goes as it should we should be moving the weekend before the 4th! I am taking a break from classes too. I've gotten two prospects for design work. One is a brochure for the Los Alamos Womens Golf Association and a Spanish Market artist is interesting in starting her own website. We'll see how that goes. Don't work too hard and enjoy your visit with your family.