The work , another aspect commencing and letting the flow happen


This thought has run around my brain for the last little while. Ever so complicated, the art I am doing continuously has been complicated. It is not a matter of simply making work anymore, but making work with ideas in mind has started to come forward. I have decided to keep the complicated forms and designs, but give up the overwhelming decorative aspects  that were causing issues in the work. In other words be simple! Why complicate the work further with a heavy decorative set-up.


While I have figured that out…. maybe….. I am having issues with the clay body itself. I have noticed shivering occurring on random pieces here and there. I have tried to figure them out, is it the clay? Is it the white slip? Is it the glaze. The answer leads me to problems with the clay and/or glaze. The reason’s are very near to the problems with the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion with the clay and/or glaze. Does  the clay or glaze expand too little or too much. Shivering occurs because the glaze is compressing too much over the surface of the clay, creating sharp chunks popping off.  So not good to have pieces doing that when you are  making functional ware! So basically this needs to be fixed, and there are two ways to try to do this. One is to fire the bisque at  a lower temp,either cone 08 or less ( cone 09 to 010), while the other is to increase the CTE of the glaze so that it shrinks more. Since I cannot really correct for the chemistry of the body, the glaze might need to be changed. The result will be first to add small amounts of Nepheline Syenite to the glaze and test per addition ( 5 grams Neph Sye for 100 grams of glaze, and 5 plus grams of Neph Sye per  test). The trouble shoot calls for material that are high CTE fluxes, such as sodium or potassium, thus Neph Sye is my hero if needed.





Other than correcting all the time… I get to play with “simple” decorating aspects. I have been introduced to the printed transfer. The process involves printing up a high contrast black and white image on a laser printer. The real fun or trick of it, is when you add a black wash to the paper. Creating a black wash is made by adding a black stain to water, essentially a watercolor. Some of these washes can be made with Frit also. or else I need to add a Frit to the chemistry and I have a basic black “ink” made. Anyhow, as soon as you add this wash to the laser print. The black wash will be resisted from attaching to the black lines or shapes on the paper.

I am looking for patterns online to transfer on to the pieces, focusing on the geometric and simple repeated patterns. I find these are the simplest to try to use, plus most come in pure black and white.  Here is one such example bold pattern, which you can see on the left , as well as the transfer result. I see these transfer’s as a start off point, an image to start off and then work on through color.










Last but not least PATIENCE is key. I keep hearing about it, how I want it and need to be it, but do I do it…. eh not so sure. Having patience will help me in the end. Recording patience as well will help. The reason I am bringing up patience, more than likely again and again, is that we all need it. My work style needs patience, waiting for the right time to join, slip and etc… Patience on arriving at that point where i consider my work as my own art, and I can call it art.

Whatever feelings you feel while you are  making, which is to say that having the patience to make and deal with  the making methods and the issues that come with. Also dealing with all the frustrations of seeing where you are and where you want to be, I need to work on the art and thus just make and take the opportunities that I find.  Just another example of passion in work. Focusing on work, and it is work like every 9-5 job, is essential for your own purpose.