I arrived into college today and headed straight for the kiln eager to see the results of my first firing to 1260° . And what interesting results they are. Depending on the type and gauge of wire and the stitch used, very different effects are achieved. Some wire stayed solid, more burnt out and some left a smokiness like a charcoal smudge.
I spent hours laying the samples out, corresponding each sample with my before shoots, examining the stitch work, figuring out what works and what doesn’t; all the while trying to work out how I can pull all this research togther as a final piece.
Here’s a before and after shot. I love the burnout affect
Some samples linked with others randomly, see below. I had hours of fun, moving them round…..like a big jigsaw. Mending all these fragments back together. I love how in some the wire has left a mere smoky trace, whilst in others it has scared the surface with a burnt fracture
Other results included my wire and porcelain pots…… heres what they looked like pre-firing….
….and after. Again traces of stitches creep to surface, some breaking through the porcelain whilst others are transformed into a smudge.
The stitch details on some of the pots called for closer examination. I do love this effect; the stark contrast between the white porcelain and the creepy stitches. With my next round of pots, I need to get the porcelain looking neater. I seem to be slowly getting there….at least these pots are in one piece compared to last weeks
Below is some of the detail of the stitching. It reminds me of a snow scence where blades of tall grass break through the cover of show.
Also the little poercelain blobs on the strands of wire are mesmerizing….I didn’t mean for that to happen;I think thats what you call a happy accident. Lets hope for some more of those with the next round.