Sunday, July 23, 2017
"Conversation": a ceramic mixed-media assemblage
They look like real seed pods. They are ceramic! I made then from real seed pods. First the pods are dipped in paper clay slip. The natural material itself burns out in the kiln, leaving a hollow paper clay cast, which is then coated with oxides and stains, and finally encaustic. It is called "Conversation". The washboard was the perfect place for the pods to be in conversation with each other. They are a particularly female shape, and the washboard is a particularly female artifact.
A previous piece, "Untitled", uses paper clay, oxides, stains, and underglazes, encaustic, found objects (typewriter keys, marbles, glass, cymbals), and wooden box.
This was a first experiment with the technique, which was very exciting.
I'm not done exploring this process yet! I have a bunch of ceramic pine cones, and more material to dip as soon as Fall semester starts.