Some of these pieces are waiting for a home….I am tempted to hang on to them as a memento of my existence here in San Antonio.
These are images of some new tiles, these are all done using the same technique. None of these pieces were made by a mold, the form is built from slabs, when the clay is still wet the black line image is incised onto the surface using both an exacto knife and needle tool. After the clay has fully dried (usually takes 2 weeks) then it can be placed in the kiln for the bisque firing. After this, glaze is applied into to give it a rich, bright finish to catch the eye and really bring out the illustration. They are all made to hang on the wall easily. Due to their hollow form they are extremely light weight. I have sent all these tiles to If Art Gallery and intend to send any future similar pieces to this venue!!! Enjoy!
I have had the privilege and honor of getting to know and also watch the performances of the Colombian born professional storyteller Carolina Quiroga Stultz. She has an interest in stories originating from Latin America—and uses her craft to educate and shed light upon the richness of culture in this region. In the fall we are going to be exhibiting a collaborative project at several venues in San Antonio. It will take place around the date of Dia dos los muertos October 31- November 2(day of the dead) and thematically the stories and sculptures will be used to honor this celebration. I highly recommend checking out her website and youtube channel, you can listen while you’re working in the studio!—-it isn’t the same as seeing her live, but it’s the second best thing! Come to San Antonio and watch it in real time!!! http://www.carolinastoryteller.com/
stay posted for progress on this project
The pictures I am posting are works in progress, these two sculptures are 85% finished, hopefully to be completed within the next couple of weeks. Neither Carolina or I have ever collaborated on a project quite like this before, so we’ll see what happens. The ultimate intention for us is to learn from this experience, grow as artists, and communicate with our community.
it has been a couple weeks since I last used my screen printing kit. I am going to make a couple of tshirts and maybe a bag or two. They will be available on etsy soon. It has been several weeks since I last posted anything. my goal was to have a new post every couple days. Not quite sure what my problem is. I even signed up on wordpress to get weekly reminders that it is time to make a post—-jeez—-how am I ever gonna take over the world at this rate. I need to be less shy and more of a cape wearing, chin up, shoulders back kinda lady. I wish I was more of a voyeur with heaps of self confidence. I’m working on it—too bad I can’t build dignity out of clay.
Just printed this morning. The illustration depicts a rare butterfly sipping her sugary dew out of a daffodil. She is having a carefree flight among the flowers, shielding herself against the bright sun with an echinacea blossom…she plans out the rest of her eventful day.
I don’t understand why I haven’t ever gotten into this process before. I am not that excited when it comes to mass producing a product. That is why I prefer to use hand built methods over the wheel or mould. (I love wheel and mould work though…thinking about joining ‘the other side’) I love to draw individual themes and make each ceramic work really different. The temptation has been overwhelming however. I bought a DIY screen printing kit and decided to add some t-shirts to my etsy account—-and while I’m at it, I might as well make some transfers with underglaze and newsprint. This process is incredibly easy and I am digging the outcome. If anyone has questions about the products I used and the methods I would be more than happy to answer them.