Well, it finally happened. Two months flew by in a whirlwind of clay activity. This is the last sunrise I saw on Saturday morning from my bedroom window in the Craft House at Penland School of Crafts. On Sunday I woke up at 2:30 am and was in the car by 3:30 headed for the Asheville airport. I left with many mixed emotions. There was sadness to be leaving such a beautiful place where I had many wonderful experiences and met tons of great people. But there was also relief. Being away from home for two months is quite an experience and I was feeling ready to get back. Of course now that I am home, I miss Penland!
And here are some of the last photos I took of work I made with Helios porcelain. Right after this pic they were bubble wrapped and packed for shipping. I shipped home nine boxes of work and could have shipped home twelve if I hadn't run out of time. I did all the packing on the last Friday and most of the work had just come out of the kilns a day or two before. I did pack some stuff in my backpack and carry-on and dragged them through the airport and on and off the planes with no breakage, yay!
I had a lot of fun with these. I was working on refining this tumbler form and incorporated three different techniques for the surface decoration. I have silk screened slip transfers, ez-screen print transfers (which are essentially unmounted silkscreens with wider mesh) and sgraffito. The botanical imagery was created from my own drawings and the water tower image is from a photo that I took here in Chico of one of the downtown water towers. These are probably my favorite pieces from the concentration and I am looking forward to exploring this some more now that I am home.
I really enjoy the simplicity of these bowls. I didn't have time to do anything decorative before they went into the bisque. Then when they came out we were all in a rush to get everything glazed and into the final firings. I quickly drew some lines and circles with black underglaze in a slip trailer and filled them in with tinted glazes. Then I waxed them out and dipped into a fantastic clear glaze. Viola, I love how they came out!
I wish I had more time to test glazes while I was there. I am a total glazeaholic! These dots were created by layering Steven Hill's cone 6 Strontium Crystal Magic (from the March 2012 Issue of Ceramics Monthly) with a copper tinted transparent glaze. From tests that I had done, I figured the combo would run a bit and pull some of the black underglaze and it did not disappoint.
It is only 9pm, but my body thinks it is midnight so I will get some shut eye soon. Sleep well everyone:)