Sunday, December 13, 2020

Roadside Attraction. #380: Unplanned Detour

 #380 Unplanned Detour was a fun little challenge to grapple with in the ceramics studio.  There was what I thought I might do (and for a moment did do), and there is what clay and gravity thought was best.  In the end we compromised to make the piece you see below.

One of the many things I like about working with clay is that the clay keeps you honest -and frequently humble.  It will reveal the weaknesses in your structure(s) and force some patience/discipline on how you work.  If you build it too big, too fast, there's a good chance it will come toppling down on you.  Always teaching lessons.

I really love how the burlap texture of 'the billboard area' peeks out behind the white crawl glaze (Frosty Crystal). 

Immediately next to that is an area of St. John's Black which has a different crawl pattern/texture.

Another aspect of ceramics which I absolutely adore is what an excellent medium it is for texture.

Here is Roadside Attraction #380 Unplanned Detour in its display box.

Next time we'll take a look at #30 Oasis In The Barren and #47 Refuge...

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