Last of the Clay – Final Pieces

With the last bit I had of my clay for semester, I wanted to create a couple of pieces that I could test what I have been developing over the semester. I created two larger pieces, one which I could test the silks-screen method on and experiment with imagery and glaze application, and one to test two of the The glaze mixtures I have been working with, as well as one smaller piece for silk-screen testing.

I silk-screen printed a repeated bear and cedar tree pattern around one of the larger bowls, and then experimented with slip and glaze drips onto the piece. I felt that it looked too graphic and untouched without the additional drips and scraping. I loosened up on this piece, and though I’m not sure I’d try to attain the same effects again in the majority of my work, I was glad to test.

The curved bowl with the thicker drips on it are the result of the last of my West Coast Sea Foam glaze that I developed in the semester, as well as the attempts to properly use the purple underglaze I had purchased. The purple underglaze was a challenge to apply correctly to attain the desired outcome – it would more often come out as a bluer colour, with purple highlights. Getting the proper consistency was key, but was harder said than done. For this piece,  I wanted to attain a bit of a combination of both the purple and the blue that the underglaze could produce. Higher on the piece some of the purple can be seen, and the blue is more prominent where it drips down and interacts with the West Coast Sea Foam.

 

Author: Paul White

Paul White is currently in his third year at VIU in Nanaimo, BC working towards a Visual Arts BA Major. Through high-school and on through university Paul has worked across a variety of mediums, and has years of visual arts experience from his studies and practices. His current favorite mediums to work in are charcoal, spray-paint, water-colour, ink, oil paint, ceramic work, and 2-D digital design and animation. He plans to take his knowledge gained from post-secondary into a realistic career where he can incorporate his creativity and understanding of fine arts and continue to be artistically active.

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