May 2016

I've been inspired to experiment with inlay. I'm trying repetition as a theme, as well as mixing in some pigments. I'm drawn to airport carpet patterns because of their geometric shapes and busy patterns. There is an optical illusion effect I am trying to go for as well.  I think this would be an interesting technique to try out on the light shades. We'll see what happens. I plan to do some tiles with the samples below. Here they are pre-fire. You get the idea but, once they are fired you will see the true colours and textures a bit better.

 

I will cut this into triangle tiles.

I will cut this into triangle tiles.

This is a carpet image that inspired the above inlay work.

This is a carpet image that inspired the above inlay work.

This will also be cut into tiles. You can see the inlay as well as the impression made by a gridded fabric that I collected a while ago.

This will also be cut into tiles. You can see the inlay as well as the impression made by a gridded fabric that I collected a while ago.

Another great carpet!

Another great carpet!

Nothing beats a happy plate.

Nothing beats a happy plate.

Agate technique. 

Agate technique. 

Agate/marbling trial also. The colours will be more muted once fired--sandy and white. 

Agate/marbling trial also. The colours will be more muted once fired--sandy and white. 

Inlaid slump bowl.

Inlaid slump bowl.

Another pattern to try! 

Another pattern to try! 

Check back later in May for the fired results.

April 2016

Finding inspiration through Le Corbusier

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Large (approx 16") pendant lamp

Large (approx 16") pendant lamp

Large pendant lamp in the make

Large pendant lamp in the make

Ditto

Ditto

12" lamp

12" lamp

Studio view of our stuff (paintings by Steve Hubert)

Studio view of our stuff (paintings by Steve Hubert)

The Tacofino lamps are nearing completion. Check back for finished work in the next few weeks. 

Black and white

I'm working with black slip to concentrate the light emitted through the polar ice porcelain on the surface on these lamp shades. These are still in progress and have not been bisqued or fired to full temperature so the slip looks lighter and greyer than it will when the shades are finished.

Being painted with black slip

Being painted with black slip

Relief carving

Relief carving

Same shade on all sides. 

Same shade on all sides. 

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This is one of the medium sized shades. 14 lbs of porcelain, approximately 11" tall. 

This is one of the medium sized shades. 14 lbs of porcelain, approximately 11" tall.