Thursday, June 20, 2013
http://oldfashionsnailmailpenpals.webs.com and already scrawled three letters--one each for women in Maryland, Indiana, and the United Kingdom yesterday. I used cute fold + mail stationery, but am ready to take it to the next level. I remembered that I had Carolee Gilligan Wheeler as an instructor for a day book at the San Francisco Center for the Book--Google it because they've some wonderful classes. Above is the book that she mentioned in her class.
I was stoked yesterday to be back at my city's parks and rec ceramics studio though it was super CROWDED....so different from my community college ceramics class where there's only 5 students, and so we don't have to share tables and have lots of storage as well as fancier equipment. This is a ring tray of the Bmix clay I had left at the leather hard stage that I love, love, love--the leather hard stage, not my crooked letter pressing. The lighting for this pic is not great--night time is the worst time to take a pic on a mediocre camera. I'll probably fill in the black letters of our niece's names and wedding date and paint the dish white and maybe paint a tiny heart sometime before the firing and glazing process.
Update: Unfortunately I put a cone 5 glaze, White Sperry Crawl along with black underglaze. It looks terrible. I should have just dipped it in Majolica. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
When I return from a work trip after next week, my plan is to go into my ersatz studio (the textbook workroom of my school library) and create art for my walls--either a mosaic or ceramic tiles. I won't be taking classes anytime soon from the Institute of Mosaic Art, now in Berkeley rather than in Oakland. I did see that Ellen Blakeley will be teaching tempered glass mosaics, but that won't be until September. In the meantime, I'd been wanting forever to create a Rajasthani tapestry a technique that Laurel Skye occasionally teaches.
I'll also be continuing to work with the medium of clay. This summer, I'm enrolled through my city's parks and recreation department in a drawing and painting class as well as a throwing class. And if that weren't enough, I'll also be taking "Explorations in Clay" at a community college. I bought frost porcelain clay (Cone 5) from Leslie Ceramics to make a driftwood mobile as well as translucent, snowy white tiles text and imagery. Stay tuned!