Here is another outdoor sculpture I created. I tried cutting openings in the body of the piece to give it an open, airy feeling. This worked great on the upper part. But unfortunately the lower part was a little too airy to support the upper. I'm lucky it didn't collapse completely in the kiln and ruin everything around it. I cut the openings using a little tool kit I bought at halloween. The grocery store was selling them to use on pumpkins. They're perfect for cutting clay.
The glaze, unfortunately, has crawled away from the clay in places. There are three glazes poured one over the other to create the beautiful blend of swirling colors. Unfortunately this mixture also seems to crawl horribly if they're all poured. I've experimented with spraying the first glaze which helps it adhere better to the clay. But that's very time consuming. My latest try has been to brush on the lowest glaze coat, which has been working ok and is less taxing than spraying.
I've been struggling with an interesting conundrum concerning this glaze crawling. I think it's a very bad fault and I'm ready to throw all the pots away where it happens. But people who see these pots love them and don't consider the crawling a fault at all. The glazeless areas do have a very interesting sheen and brown color that is quite beautiful in its own right. I'd love to hear other ideas about whether crawling is always a fault or if it can be considered ok.
I was walking through Berkeley last weekend and saw some pieces similar to this at a sidewalk fair. The artist had created large candle holders where the upper part was cutout similar to what I've done here. There was a lower plate part to hold the candle.
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