Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Porcelain Carves Like Butter!
Good morning everyone. Spring is almost officially here! It is so exciting. I thought I would make this quick post before I head off to my super duper busy, catch up on everything day so I can take some time for myself soon. Phew. This piece is in the bisque as we speak. It's a slightly different form from what I have been working on. I was getting tired of the sharp angles where my round forms would me and I wanted a more gradual transition for easier carving and resist work. Everyone in the studio, including myself, thought it looked kind of like Mickey Mouse. What can I say? I grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a very regular destination. Can I help it if those Mickey ears are ingrained in my brain and influence my subconscious choices in form?
I am really enjoying the way it has turned out, being a small test sculpture as it is. This is made from cone 10 English Porcelain from Laguna Clay Company. I love this clay. It fires very white in reduction, is translucent when thin, has a slight self-glazing characteristic and is relatively easy to throw with. And did I mention, it carves like butter! I am in love. I took my slop clay from my slip bucket and turned it into a thick slip and then added about a teaspoon and a half of commercial black stain, Then I brushed three coats on the piece and let it set up before carving. It was interesting to find the right consistency for carving and how effective it was to carve different areas that were drying at different rates. It turned out being on the dryer side of leather hard made for cleaner carving. I can't wait to glaze this up and see how it turns out. Wish me luck.