As you can see, my wordpress is now a super professional website! My blog has been sub categorised into the ‘blog’ section of my menu and visitors can now choose to specifically see images of my sculptures, paintings and photographs. This makes my website more user friendly and my work more easily accessible. I feel that I will continue to casually blog once i have left university, to keep my work and ideas out in the big wide world. I will also continue to add new images and descriptions of work and publicise my website as much as possible.
The kiln is open! It’s amazing how different the colours are now, so much brighter! There are a few gaps and cracks (but I’ll talk about that later). I have noticed that one of the greens I have used is particularly strong, which is a bit overwhelming on its own, but when combined together with all of the other drawers, looks good. I am so happy to see all of the pieces glazed and together in size order (second box from the left is missing as it has a lot of cracks and was left in the kiln room until glued a little). I cannot wait to see them with the chair! Although, because I am so pleased with the appearance of the tops of the drawers, I was almost tempted to change my display composition, but have decided that I am committed and excited about the use of the chair and what it will contribute to the piece.
I have begun a big rush to paint all of my boxes and drawers before they get fired on Monday! Set up in my space with the bright natural light, nature outside and all my paintings hanging up in front of me, I began. Painting the glazes on top of the white glaze turned out harder than I thought it would be as, as soon as I touched the glaze coated paintbrush onto the white base glaze, all the moisture was absorbed. This resulted in me having to constantly dip my paintbrush back into the glaze pot and certainly did not feel like watercolor painting, although I feel that after some time, I managed to mimic the look. I think that the colours looked very interesting matte and pastel, but I knew that when they went into the kiln, they would turn shiny and vibrant, so I had to keep constantly reminding myself that the colours would look different. Now that I have finished painting everything, I will take it down to the kiln room, ready to go!
Now that I have made my glazes, I painted them onto my insects, carefully following the images and my designs for each one to ensure they resemble their real life counterpart. Here you can only see a few colours as the blues and purples come out white, but I am hoping that when they emerge from the kiln, they will all be much more colourful! This will be a test of my glazes and will help me to understand how each colour looks when fired, as long as I have made them properly. Fingers crossed!