11.02.2012

Ceramics just out of the kiln!





The process of making ceramics has been going on for me very slowly. But, here are some things that were just fired. Mostly I've been working in red clay and experimenting with translating what I do on canvas and panels to clay. But the second photo is of a bowl made of white clay, and the last photo is porcelain. I have one more "ruffle pot" coming out of the kiln that was glazed, where this one was not, so I'm anxious to see the difference. I love working with clay and porcelain because it makes me really be thoughtful and intentional about everything I do, and yet the whole process is very unpredictable! It's a weird dynamic, but it must be good for me on some level because I keep going back for more. And I can't say enough about what a fine teacher Ingrid Bathe is. She has taught me so much, and in a way that allows me my own space and expression. She is participating in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show at the convention center in Philadelphia next week, so if you are in that area check it out.

3 comments:

Kathryn said...

Lari ... these are stunning!! I'm so happy to see you've shared your work with us. I know from current experience, just how long it takes to find your voice in the new medium of clay. Your's shines through! I plan to work with porcelain in the spring but I love how yours came out!!

Lari Washburn said...

Thanks Kathryn! It has really been satisfying. I have been working with coils this fall and have made a couple of bottles, one of which I am going to make a mold of so I can really turn them out and experiment with surface design. I get really excited about this medium. I want to see more of what you are doing with clay.

Yoko said...

Wow, awesome textures and colors!
So organic. Ceramic making seems to be somewhat like yoga. So calm and meditating... And once it's fired, it brings you a nice surprise. So profound!

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