Friday, 7 October 2011

On it, Dee!

Well, I can really feel that rocket up my bum now. Nothing like a bit of pressure to get the panic mode going.

I’ve been making a fair bit of work lately, and even occasionally bisque firing it for easier storage, but I haven’t been tackling the manganese application. I’ve been playing around with manganese pigment for a year now, but only on small pieces like jewellery or small bowls. I now want to apply it to much larger pieces of work.

Painting the manganese on is like applying tar. It then takes a lot of patience in wiping it off with a sponge over and over again, and trying to keep the inside of the piece as white as possible while doing that. It’s mucky, flicks everywhere and I love it! I have no idea how the work will turn out each time. I’ll either have taken too much off and the detail won’t have enough emphasis, or I’ll have left too much on and it could look too heavy. But as long as there is variety when I open the kiln door, I’m not sure that there is a fail. That is, after all, the beauty in what we do. There’s nothing about ceramic work that is predictable and that’s why we’re so hooked, isn't it?

Can’t wait to open the kiln door on Sunday.

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