Hello 🙂 I’ve been staying busy. I’ve fired a few kilns since I last wrote. Don’t worry, I still work with bright colors that kick ceramics in the teeth with their vibrancy, but I really wanted to try the water-erosion wax-resist technique like Andy Shaw does so well.
I bought a cup that used this technique when I went to NCECA in Seattle in 2012– it was a spiderweb design on the cup, and it was eggshell thin porcelain with a beautiful blue celadon glaze. I still love that cup, and for the longest time I couldn’t decide how it was done. I tried my hand at painting wax resist direct designs on my cups, and it turned out alright. I really like the technique, but I think I will probably leave it to Andy Shaw and others. I just wanted to see what I could do with the idea, but I’m hooked on my bright colors. I love to have a window of bright color seated in a crystalline glaze of blue or green or creamy beige. I do appreciate celadon and textured porcelain– so I will support other artists buy buying pots I like with those materials and techniques. As for myself, I think I will continue painting vibrant underglazes on my own work.
I went on a beautiful hike last week. I didn’t have time today, but I thought about it. The weather just keeps getting warmer. There’s rumor that it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. I won’t be surprised if it does since it’s only February in Utah. It has been a beautiful couple of weeks here. Plus, I’m creating a new social life for myself. I think it’s healthy to have balance between studio/classes, work, and the people I choose to associate with. Lately I feel like the studio has been overshadowing my social life in a way that I let happen. I am trying to branch out and make some friends of my own so that I can have a personal life outside of the studio. So far, I’m having a lot of success 🙂 Now I just need to find a way to successfully plan out my senior exhibition show.