Seaweed pinch pot

Seaweed pinch pot

Friday, 28 June 2013

excited about paper stencils and coloured slip....

A few weeks ago I came across FetishGost's Secret Studio, a ceramics blog by US artist Zygote Blum. I was really excited and intrigued by his surfaces - fantastic patterns that were both bold and yet appealingly complex (a sort of layering going on - very reminiscent of some printmaking methods). I had to find out more, and I was lucky because Zygote has generously shared details of his process,  including some videos of it, on his website (here-go!). It involves paper stencils, coloured slip and then various glaze effects for the final layer that add to the surface but still reveal the stencil work.
I got straight to it, taking a few shortcuts with my stencil-cutting methods and level of complexity of design and quickly mixing up a coloured slip with Black Iron Oxide, because that was what I happened to have on hand (and it's cheap). Here's my very first attempt, still wet. Leaf shapes inspired by Tasmanian wet forest trees. This vessel is hand-built (pinched and coiled) and I've scraped the sides to give a slightly facetted surface.

And here's an after-bisque-firing shot. Same iron oxide slip and same technique, different pots though. These ones are wheel thrown. I've still scraped the sides on the taller vessels because I've become rather fond of this facetted look. It adds texture and interest and has the added bonus of disguising flaws! (I'm still learning on the wheel.)
Next step - glaze testing. (Eek! I'm on the bottom of a very steep learning curve when it comes to glazing... Beginners luck please!) 

1 comment:

  1. i love these and i love the texture that the scraping produces... gorgeous!