Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Back at it then.

Trying to get back into the swing of things. I just came back from a two week glazing workshop with 22 amazing people. Our fearless leader Peter Beasecker worked so hard, there were nights where everyone was there until 3am trying to meet the deadline. I learnt a lot about glazing (small glazes) and (big glazes)... thats how much the piece can handle without being overwhelmed  by the glaze. 

I've never used so much latex in my life. 

 My obsession with cups served me well. It was so easy to pack a bag full of cups and transport them on a plane. I have 2 or 3 really good starting points for my final year at Sheridan.

This pot below. Its probably one of the best pots I've ever made. Peter said something to me the first time I met him, wayyyy back in November...he said "if it looks over worked, its not over worked enough". I don't know why, but I've always had this urge to work a pot to death. But at the same time I love making loose shino pots. But man, this pot is something else. 

Peter had us make Shooters to fit into a carrier, but for him to make one and have it dried and fired without cracking would of been a real challenge. So one was made with the help of some of the other studios. Metals, The Fabrication Lab and Wood all helped to make this possible...of course the class didn't find out until the end what was going on. 

We all made a quick drawing of one of or pieces and it was milled onto the base. 

 The piece was sold at the end of session auction to help fund the next group of Work Study Students (I was one) thats where we go and for the price of our room/board/workshop. We put in hours to help run the facility. Anything from washing dishes to maintaining on the grounds.

But I can't stay away from the studio for too long. I'm back at it. Taking what I learned and applying it. 

My obsession with drinking vessels is still strong. I love them. I haven't quite figured it out yet but in the future I will probably say to myself...