A new Greenman has made it through the fires. It’s been awhile since I’ve made one and I started this guy in September when I picked a variety of grape leaves. They must be used fresh unlike oak leaves that last for years.
Detail of Bacchus
Bacchus is the Roman god of wine and Dionysus is the Greek god of wine. I like wine too. So I combined the Greenman with a couple of gods and voila!!
The addition of grapes & curlicues completes the references to the fruit of the vine. I finished this piece with a spray of various green stains that are fired on at stoneware temperatures. Ready to hang indoors or outside.
To read more about the process of building a green man see the Women of Appalachia post.
I don’t throw very often these days but I do enjoy it . I recently broke a little pitcher that Jay uses to brew tea and I also wanted to replace Xena’s food dish so I bought a fifty pound box of porcelain and got to work. I love porcelain for kitchen items because the small particle size makes a very dense finished product that is chip resistant especially if you give it a nice fat lip. The down side of fine particles is more shrinkage, a tendency to warp in the fire and slump on the wheel.
gettin artsy in the photo
Patience is a virtue that I don’t have much of, but to throw a successful pot, it must be exercised. First if the clay is not just right moisture-wise don’t even bother to try. Once the clay is ready, weighing out the lumps and wedging into a cone comes next. Wedging looks a lot like kneading bread. The purpose is to remove air bubbles and align the plate shaped particles of clay so they can slide past each other in the throwing process. This is the secret to clays ability to be stretched and shaped into any form.
Pale blue band on a serving bowl
mini tea pot
just because it’s small
dosen’t make it easier
Jay loves his new pitcher and I have some for sale, along with a new mini tea set and a few new single serving size cat food dishes (can’t have too many of these with eight recalcitrant cats to contend with!)
All the sculptures awaiting transport
It seemed like I had forever when I made the commitment to put a display of my new glass work in the window of Starbrick Gallery. I kept making more thinking I’d never fill up that huge space, but as I grew the collection of silica based life forms the window space miraculously got smaller and it all came to a very nice intersection if I do say so myself.
I’ve never mounted a show before so I was pretty wigged out for a few weeks in advance, Jay got a lot of work done in his shop. I knew it would take a few trips to transport the sculptures because they are not packing friendly so I started on a Wednesday morning. Naturally, when I arrived the old window display was still in place. It didn’t take me to long to empty it out as the coffee and adrenaline were kicking in. After picking out the pedestals and wrestling them into the space I decided they needed a coat of paint. Two trips later my painting, arranging, signage and lighting were done. The work is on display!
Fish Silica Based Life Forms
Fish Silica Based Life Form
Tree Silica Based Life Forms
Fish Silica Based Life Forms
Flower & Tree Silica Based Life Forms
The show was supposed to be up for a month but the Starbrick Gallery needs two weeks to paint the rest of their pedestals and place tea cups upon them.
I will find another venue and post an update. I am also posting all the pieces in the store one at a time. Free delivery in a 100 mi radius of Rutland, OH. If you are farther afield we can negotiate.
slumped glass in a clay base
“Silica Based Life Form” Flower
Here are a few pictures of my new work. I started experimenting with slumped glass a little over a year ago. It all came about because Meigs county OH no longer recycles glass of any kind and the powers that be will not even entertain the thought of a bottle bill. Being an avid recycler since the early 70’s I literally could not throw out something so easily recyclable.
After viewing an online how to video I realized I could create my own clay molds to slump the glass. I grabbed all the bisque ware I had, broke up a bunch of bottles filled my “molds” and started firing.
Naturally nothing worked out the way I planned (if that ever happens I will be pretty sure I’m dead) but the results were very interesting and spurred me on to continue the experimentation. I quickly learned that the edges are razor sharp, invested in a variety of gloves, and carried on. A few people have suggested that I should soften the edges but quite frankly that is my favorite part.
detail photo of sharp edges from
“In the Eye of the Storm”
Eventually I decided to mount the slumped glass in clay bases. I use either a white stoneware or a beautiful dark red/brown clay with black specks called Nelsonville Pottery clay by Columbus Clay Co to recreate the starbrick clay used to make bricks that are still in use today in Nelsonville’s streets and sidewalks. The work quickly took on the look of trees, flowers and fish. I plan to exhibit my “Silica based Life Forms” in the window of Starbrick Clay Art Studio at the September Final Friday in Nelsonville on September 27. It will remain up for a month, if you’re in the area check it out, if you’re not it’s worth the trip
Silica Based Life Form
Silica Based Life Form