I'm jumping all over the place, as is my way, and I jumped into a new technique a couple months ago and went crazy making...
|CuPu vases and cups|
The Cut and Push Series, aka CuPu, involves me handbuilding (by way of pinching and smoothing), cutting a design through the wall, and pushing it out to form a relief. I wanted to explore glazes and how they perform on deep surface changes. Some designs are free-form, some I measure out and try really hard to make even, and some start one way and end up being made another. I get too excited to stop and take action shots, but below is a bit of an inside to stages of one particular piece.
First I make the vessel, let it set up a bit, and decide on a design--usually I go from one element of the design to the next and fill in along the way. With this one I made a stencil and played around with spacing and layout for some time before committing.
I use an Xacto knife to cut through the wall and push from the inside out to create a relief.
|Boy, that escalated quickly.|
|Smoothed out but still in the green stage.|
Planter with Reitz Blue and Yellow Salt
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