Monday, June 9, 2008

New in the studio

I've found myself in unfamiliar territory in the studio this week: I have no commitments or deadlines and have complete freedom to experiment. It's a great feeling, but, crazily, also a little intimidating as I have so many ideas I want to explore and don't know what to choose!

Recently, I completed a piece for an upcoming show at Lark and Key Gallery in NODA in Charlotte. It'll be opening in early July- my potter friends Ron, Jen and Julie will also be participating. Here's a shot of my piece (it's a large wall tile) before firing: Here it is after the final firing- it's made of earthenware with terra sigillata, copper patina and a borax wash.
I think I'll be spending time this week working on some additional pieces in this same manner, taking time to do some sketching and planning new compositions.

7 comments:

Jen Mecca said...

Ronan and I where just talking about borax washes and soda washes on stuff this weekend. Sounds cool. I think I'm going to try it on some of my stains.
I like the bird cage.
Only a few days left...maybe week left and you'll be a mud-mama!Jen

sandy snead said...

thanks for filling in some on saturday! love the piece :)

brandon phillips said...

that is pretty sweet.

Amy Sanders said...

Thanks for the encouragement guys. I'm gonna use some of my "free" time this week to work on some more pieces in this series.

Brandon- congrats! All your yunomis looked amazing. I hope your guests enjoyed them.

Jason and Jeannie said...

Amy, that's pretty cool. What does the borax wash do? Does it change the colors, the texture, the glaze? Do enjoy these next few days. It will mean a lot to you. -Jeannie

Amy Sanders said...

Jeannie- the borax wash adds variation and a little sheen to the surface. The kind of spotted look is from the wash- where there is more borax, there are more spots. It's just a 1 to 1 (borax to water) ratio so you can actually see the borax on the surface before you fire.

Meagan Chaney said...

Hi Amy, found your blog through a series of links on other blogs. I really like your work and am enjoying reading about your studio adventures! The bird cage piece you just fired looks nice and i like what the borax wash does for the piece. keep up the good work and enjoy your studio time this week. - Meagan