Monday, May 31, 2021

A Grab Bag of Progress: Vol. XVIII

 Progress on recent projects in the studio.  I have been away from my computer, but not from the studio.  As with all 'Grab Bags', brought to you with a minimum of text.








Some more...















As an added bonus, this is my 400th post on Punching Holes in the Rah-Rah!  So many things to show you...

Sunday, January 31, 2021

From Start To Finish

 I was going through an old folder of images and came across several of my pieces from The Roadside Attraction series back in their early greenware (unfired clay) stage.  I thought I would pair them together with their fired appearance to show the progression.

This first one will show up eventually in its own post (once I complete it), I just wanted to include it so I could talk about being a bonehead while handling my own work.  I was transporting this piece to the kiln room and grabbed the horizontal block projecting perpendicular to the upright block/mass piece, and popped it clean off from the rest of the work.  Eventually I will make a 'sign' piece to replace the block (and just seal it into place with glaze).  The lesson is: stay focused on the task at hand. I just let my mind wander and in an instant later, messed up a piece.  Easy mistake to avoid, and I should know better, but here we are...

In fact, I pulled a similar maneuver with this next piece, it was just later in the firing process.   I wasn't paying attention, and next thing I knew, I had two separate pieces.  Bonehead.  A series of near-comic mishaps happened to this piece between the bisqueware stage and what ultimately came out of the glaze fire.


You can readily see that it's missing a couple of bits...


Don't worry, I saved those 'bits'.  They'll be showing up in a future piece of some persuasion...

Anyway, on to the heart of this post, some 'before' and 'after' shots.










I was really happy to see this next one turn out.  That 'sign/billboard' section on top needs to be thin/light so the piece isn't too top heavy.  Thin/light ceramics tends to be delicate, so it's always a bit of a relief to successfully bring it in and out of the kiln without some minor mishap.  As I demonstrated at the start of this post, I can accidentally smack a fragile piece into another object with the best of them.




There was a similar sense of relief when this one came out of the glaze kiln still intact.




Next time we'll take a look at the two parallel bodies of work The Roadside Atrractions and The blank Scape Vista series.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Crown Sign Becomes Entourage Promenade


The Crown Sign needed some more imagery added to bring the piece together.


Like this!







Now that the line work has dried, there is nothing to do but paint!


The color really activates a whole slough of visual dialogs within the piece.





Bring it all together and it looks like this!


On final note, the title 'The Crown Sign' was a working title -and a not-particularly eloquent one at that (not as bad as Bottles or Dude Looking Up, but still...).  After riffing on a few potential titles I have settled on Entourage Promenade for the title.  So here you have it, Entourage Promenade.