The second jar is ready. The beret seems to go with the face better than the first prototype, but it will be very difficult to make a mold of it. I'm going to experiment with a few more different hats. It's kinda fun.
Here is the second prototype of Fukunokami Jar. In Japanese folklore, the God of Good Fortune wears a beret, and this piece portrays that tradition. I'll make a few more models with different hats and then decide which one works the best for production. Meanwhile I'm enjoying the creative process.
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
These vases are for Japanese style flower arrangements called "Ikebana." They are for sale at $30~50 at Insideout Gallery in Hill City. (Click the images to enlarge them.)
This time, it was successful to give an antique look to the leaf plates with glazes. I bisque-fired them to cone 5 (for durability), brushed Duncan Courtyard glazes on them, and glaze-fired them to cone 06. Yes, the bisque and glaze firing temperatures are purposely flipped. The particular glazes used here do not require thick coats. If you fire them higher than cone 06, the nice matte look will be destroyed. This alternative method seems to work.
I imitated "warabe jizo" (guardian deities of children) of Sanzen-In Temple in these works. They will become bells when finished.
Thank you for your kind responses to my last blog. I chuckled at myself, as I went back making sellable items right after I posted it. However, don't worry. I've already started to compose my next "soul" piece in my head.
A friend asked me if I was selling mugs. Yes, I'm in the process of designing ones that we can make not on wheel, but only by hand. These will be marketed as warm-your-hand mugs.
My first leaf plates just came out of a kiln. The lizards should have a touch of green here and there, but over all I'm happy with them.
These were made of brown stoneware, bisque-fired to ∆5, brushed on thin layers of DUNCAN Courtyard Art Glazes, and then glaze-fired to ∆06. I mid-fired them first in order to make the functional ware durable. Don't fire the particular glazes higher than ∆06. At ∆04 they lost the matte antique look.
The olive colored glaze I used on the lizards were not green enough. I'm going to underglaze in green before adding the DUNCAN glazes.
Yes, my works are for sale….
at Works in Clay Galley in Hot Springs and SD Arts Museum Store in Brookings. If you happen to go to either town, please stop by.
About "Art in Process"
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