I came home super charged from my trip to Australia. I had been throwing large forms for other people but I hadn't gotten to decorate one myself in quite a while. These jars are a leap back into larger work. They are about a foot tall and almost 10 inches wide. I've tried to set up the proportions to give them a monumental feeling. They are a huggable size that you feel compelled to touch.
The making process starts with throwing the bodies and lids. I trim them as soft as I can before adding the fence pattern with a cake decorating bag. As the trailed slip hardens I tighten up the pattern with an exacto knife. Porcelain slip is then brushed on with a total of three coats. The underglaze goes on next and the sgraffito drawings form the final layer of decoration.
These went in the bisque this weekend so I hope to get them out tomorrow. I'm in a good spot in the studio. My show commitments are far enough away that I can start working on new ideas. I'm pondering a new body of work based on Shanghai but I'm not sure what form it will take yet. Feels good to be treading new ground even if it is still in the sketchbook stage.