OK, I know it has been awhile since the last post. Embarrassing really. But I must press on. Besides, there are new readers who may be patiently waiting for this post.
A couple of weeks ago Marsha returned from her 4th consecutive Penland School winter residency. This one was for three weeks and, among other things, she delved into the world of silk screening and clay. Here are a few pictures.
No, you aren’t seeing double. These images were screened twice – once black and once in purple. These have been bisque fired and will most likely be glazed with clear in the final firing, which will make the image really pop! Of course, it is foolish to make a statement like that – we know that anything might happen in the kiln and this may be the last you hear or see of these items! Still, I remain optimistic and, I hope, will be able to post pictures of the finished product.
Below are a couple of pictures of a more elaborate silkscreened item. These were inspired by brother Frank, the mechanical engineer. The image is screened onto newsprint, coated with a white slip and flipped over onto the clay. Then the paper is peeled off, leaving the image and white background. The orange is applied to newsprint strips, pressed onto the clay and then peeled off. These were then fired in a salt kiln.
Other items have been emerging from the kilns. Marsha has always concentrated on making comfortable and functional and visually pleasing handles. Check out the handle on the covered bowl below. It’s beautiful and feels great in the hand.
Not only handles and silkscreening… regular old pot throwing is still the main event.
Thanks for reading!