Transformation

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

Clay heart before firing

Clay heart before firing.

heart - with underglaze and oxide decoration
heart – with underglaze and oxide decoration

ceramic hearts by Freya Perry

ceramic hearts by Freya Perry

 

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