It’s Tuesday and I’m taking a ceramics day. The garage is finally clear enough to set up the wheel and pull out tools. On Monday I watched a nice piece on printing lithographs onto clay. The ingredients were quite straight forward: Linseed oil, Gum Arabic, Mason Stains, water, sponges, and toner based copies of artwork. Hmmm, this is an area I’m quite familiar with and I’ve been wanting to place blockprint images on clay vessels. Lithographs will solve the problem.
So I proceeded to pull out bats, wheel pins (I’m surprised I could locate them!), bucket, tools, the folding table and a chair. An extension cord was found for the wheel and an extra light clamped to the canoe hanging overhead. The day was warm enough (60F) with a few sweatshirts on under my apron. The clay from last term, about 10#, was still workable, but stiff. I’ll be making yet another trip to Eugene on Thursday so I can potentially pick up extra clay for this test. It would be nice to fill most of the kiln before firing.
I’m very rusty at wheel throwing. Back in school, it was my main focus. I would spend hours in the studio, depending on who was also there working. Trying to place myself into a different studio (the local community college) after 10 years made me uncomfortable. The Benton Studio is amazing and full of tools I didn’t have access to back in my school days, but I wasn’t comfortable. I even knew the instructor and one of the helpers, but it didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like I could really experiment with my ideas without having other people staring over my shoulders. I guess working on my own for so many years makes me guarded. Fortunately, the garage feels settled and I can watch netflix as I throw!
I had always wanted to combine prints with ceramics and now is the time to experiment! The first print I’ll work with is the below camas image. It will be a black and white image for the lithoprint process (depending on the stain I choose to print with- black or blue), but with practice, I might be able to dab something into the the petals or stem. Mason stains are pretty amazing stuff. Maybe even the glaze pencils. There are options.
Forms are coming together and I need to get some xerox copies made of the print. Both dogs seem to be enjoying spending time with me as well. Moby has taken over the cat’s chair in the space and Hazel busily runs about and eventually curls up on a rug. Not a bad afternoon!