opened the kiln with the first official works completed and immediately shut it. not sure why its electric the glazes were tested/ what i wanted and aside from some sort of electronic meltdown, that did not occur, they were gonna turn out like i knew they would. and they were fine, actually they are more than fine, they’re good. they still need the obligatory sit around time while i decide what part of the surface to sandblast and make sure the working titles indeed work for the work.
i was being to hard on myself, as an artist it comes with the territory and so does the neurosis and overthinking it all. however this time i think i hit the nail on the proverbial head. in a world with the internet of things and the ability to constantly alert all to your emotional state, your location, your goings on, your rants/raves i find myself sometimes wanting to waste all of my time and scream out all of the above and more. its as if this constant need to let all know “what is up” seems to straddle the line of narcissism, hero worship and voyeurism. I realize that none of that matters as 99% of the time there just fleeting thoughts inside my head and people either misread, read into entirely different meaning than intended or bring it up after the fact to the detriment of progress, not to mention i would rather get stuff done.
there are those who want to play and those who want to watch, i fall into the latter category.
As metaphors go both sports and music have the best but i prefer music to sports and in the working out my problems i was reminded of the big boys fun fun fun video- at the very end on a piece of paper are the words “now go out and start your own band!!!” which in a way is what i did. and to continue the musical anecdote, “i did it my way” so as i regroup from a few months of intermittent serious work and play, refocus and realize that part of the struggle when i decided to set up my own studio is trial and error, success and letting go.
can you hear them they talk about us
one of the first pieces out slightly out of focus (which is the asshole reminder that i need to get my eyes checked) and yet to be sandblasted.
while i cant say everythings coming up milhouse i can say firing two proved to be much more beneficial in its results! a few more tweaks and my cone 10 satin black is now cone 6 oxidation approved and in the process came up with a slick new black that i’ll be keeping around the studio (i’m interested in seeing what i can do with it and where it can take me option wise)
i’ve gotten a white that works, but after sleeping on it a few days still feel like its not quite what i wanted. somewhere in the recesses of my mind i had a whole schpeel abut finding the perfect white and likening it the 100 words Eskimos have for snow; but the internet got in the way and it seems some killjoy has dispelled this mytho legend thus putting my whole story to rest. however i will say the minds eye wants what it wants and currently i am sitting here with too stark of a milky white and not enough stark of the refrigerator white so back to my base glaze i’ll continue to experiment.
no studio this weekend, we had social calls and the obligatory weekend working on the house day; repairing and refinishing decks is becoming a special skill of mine and before anyone asks, you cant afford it.
i’m off work in the studio but before i go, i wanted to share a couple of links from the fine folks who sell my work.
trying to work past a semi spectacular hair cut (for dramatics replace “semi spectacular” with butchered) i was less than happy with my first round of test glazes. i know i know there tests and i am maybe just a little to hard on myself. but i unloaded yesterday walked away and got on with the day. while out running errands i came across a sign that i snapped (image to be revealed in future post because right now they’re just a couple of print out sitting on the dining room table) and snapped me out of it, after circling back to park and take a picture i ended up at home, ordered two books: david sedaris theft by finding because i am thinking after reading it there might be some appropriation insight from a different angle to ponder and john britts complete guide to midrange glazes because i need to become one with the mid range.
so after work i went back to the studio and looked at the results with a little more kindness and started making notes. what i thought would be my challenge formulating a decent cone 6 black was really not too bad it turns out the challenge is going to be getting my just white,white. promising results for the tiki line with the exception of my the amber glaze, which did not flux out. so i need to remix and see if it was user error or its back to the drawing board.
Monday June 12 i will be featured as Saatchi’s Artist of the Day , you can check it out (and tell your friends!!)
here at the edge of the stage
in true kate fashion the chemicals made it into the studio, got opened, mixed up and became part of the larger problem.
as the front of my brain was getting creative with the limited horizontal space and mixing glazes, the back was plotting ideas for storage and organization and a return to the sanity. so i hit the store for small containers for my collection of opacificers and metal oxides, brackets and wood for shelves.
as i couldn’t see before i put in shelves, i’ve got quite alot of work stockpiled and so today i test fire my glazes and hopefully get some good results and have a decent palette to work with. i’m also excited about the cone 6 blacks i tinkered with because electric bill wise cone 6 is a little easier on the pocket book esp in the texas summer.
my next work
as for projects: next up will be to repaint my library cart for bats and misc tools so that if need arises (and i know it will) i’ll be able to add more shelves. under the large section of shelves i decided to build a small rise to house bags of chemicals under and glazes on top,but that stuff can wait because i’ve got some lovely wedged porcelain calling my name.