Mud Messing Round 2…

Yes – I’ve been messing with mud again…After the excitement of completing my first firing last week I couldn’t wait to get back to it and play some more. I’m limited to working with low fire earthenware clay until my new kiln arrives so I decided to make up some quick pendants and play with some glazes a bit more. Most people would test their glazes before using them on real pieces but I get so exited seeing the end result I just got straight to it – I’ll test more with the new kiln – honest I will! So then, this is the little assortment that came out of the kiln this morning…

I find it really interesting to see how the same glazes can vary from item to item and I’m assured by those in the know that there are no end of factors that can influence the firing outcome. I guess this would be really frustrating if I were trying to match the pieces of a dinner service but for beads I kind of like it…I’m something of a haphazard person and don’t like to be too regimented in anything I do.

This little Physalis pendant was my first attempt at simple modelling, something I don’t think I’ve done since I was a child and not in any big way even then. I do a fair amount of repetitive work with my other mediums so with clay I would like to spend a bit more time doing one off or small groups of work to keep it fresh. I’ve got a whole lot to learn about the basics before I start going down that road but that’s the long term plan.

These two are staples of my Bronze Clay inventory and I wanted to see how they would translate to glazed clay. They’re rather rustic and the owl does look a little dishevelled poor thing… that’s down to my over-ambitious use of multiple glazes. I have to remember that they don’t blend in the same way as metal patinas do but then again nothing ventured… He also seems to have been born with Heterochromia Iridum – different coloured eyes, but he shares that with David Bowie so that’s no problem for me.

On these last two I used underglaze with no top coat of gloss – mainly because I forgot to order any but also because I just wanted to see what it did as I’m a big fan of matt or etched finishes. I think the fir cone might be better glossy but I really like the flower pendant and the effect created by wiping the glaze off the raised areas.

So whilst I may not be going about this in the most scientific manner I’m having a ball and I can’t believe that it’s only two weeks since a discussion with my AJE team mates sent me hurtling headlong down this path – thanks guys!

Now, I have bronze and silver work I have to get back to for a couple of days but I don’t think it will be too long before I’m back with this again…especially since today was rather a good post day…

See you soon for more mud messing !
Lesley