When I start with a lump of clay in my hands- I very rarely have any preconceived idea of what will evolve = what shape will find its way into reality. It’s an organic process – a melding of head and heart and soul. These photos show the transition of some recent pieces. The first is a clay heart with a pattern imprinted.( Greenware – unglazed.) After the first bisque firing I then decide on my colours. The second shows the heart ( and other pieces) having been decorated or ‘glazed’ using oxides and underglazes. I prefer to use underglazes – as I am not a lover of a shiny finish. I prefer to add the final sheen details by hand It’s a magical experience , as I am never quite sure how they will turn out. When they come out of the kiln after the second firing it’s a delight to see what appears. I will put up a photo of the final piece when it comes out the kiln. So it looks like you and me both have a waiting period. Can’t wait to see the transformation.
The final photo is some recent artwork – ceramic hearts – ready for new homes