The studio has been very busy lately with students on work placements, courses, one off workshops and art and design students working on their projects pre-degree show. Today however found time to finish some pieces I’ve working on. These reference specimens seen last year in a Croatian natural history museum.
This is a couple of pieces at various stages of construction. I’m making them much thinner than usual, as I want them to be very seemingly fragile and delicate. They will also have much less refined edges, and be asymmetrical.
Imagery is built up with layers of slips, then the animals scratched into the surface. I quite like to use photographs to work from; the composition is fixed, chosen when I took the original photo. I also like the idea of repetition of image- something I used in early work. Later there will be layers of glaze, and further imagery (decals)- some photographs and some further drawings.
The colours will be more contrasting after the first firing, and the glazes will bring out the colours too while adding more depth. More pictures later at the next stages!