I am back to another busy week and weekend in the studio. I am feeling so refreshed and inspired by Chihuly and his exhibit. (If you didn’t see my last post…check it out. I shared the Dale Chihuly exhibit from the MFA in Boston.) I am busily preparing for my fall show which has, unfortunately, moved into the “tentative” category. My kiln is still struggling after an expensive repair. I am doing one more test glaze that will start tomorrow night so that I can monitor the hottest part of the firing and its hold the next morning. I am praying that it will work and that I can figure out what is going on. I really want to be able to have my show next month. I am however, not loosing speed in the studio. I am still working and building my inventory as well as working on some pieces for me!
I am most interested in going the gallery route with my work. I want to get into some juried shows and into some galleries. To start, I am working on a piece I hope to submit into a juried show by the end of this month. The show is in London! (Go big or go home right?) I am not getting my hopes up, but I am definitely excited to start this process and get some experience under my belt.
This piece is going to be a large jar with a finial lid. Since I am still gaining some strength and practice to throw larger, I am making this jar from two pieces. Each piece was about 12 pounds of clay thrown on the wheel. After thrown, I wait until they are just softer than “leather-hard”. I then score the rims of each piece where they will be attached, coat them in slip (liquid clay) and then attach them to make one large unit.
Once attached, everything is smoothed out both inside and outside. You can no longer tell where it was attached. Next, I cut a hole out of the top and trim it for a finished look. When that has happened, I use my calipers to measure the diameter of the opening in order to make a lid that fits. With the dimensions in hand, I threw the finial lid.
Now I am just debating if I want to attached handles to the sides of the jar. What do you think?