It's an odd feeling creating something so very personal for a client. But I am really honored to have been asked. I just reallllllly don't want to screw this up. (BTW, I blurred out their names for privacy.)
I'll post progression as I go today and tomorrow. I have to hurry, this needs to be done by Hanukkah for a gift. No pressure! (Yeah, right.)
My display at Art in Clay 2010. You know, it never fails to surprise me what items sell at any show. Last year I sold a ton of bottle stoppers, and this year ... not one so far. On the other hand, things that didn't sell LAST YEAR, are selling. *scratching head* Oh well, shoppers keep me on my toes all the time. I'll never figure it out!
Some new arty magnets just finished and fired and ready to package. I promise, they aren't as yellow as the picture. My iphone makes everything look jaundiced! lol. These go for $9 a piece. If anyone wants one before they go to a show - lemme know! ;-)
I've been extremely busy with work and preparing for a couple shows the past weeks, so my poor blog has been neglected. After all the ceramic shows are out of the way, I need to get back to some painting or collage. I hear it calling! ;-)
This is one of about 6 bisqued extruded boxes Bob and I made. We weren't sure they'd even make it through the first firing without blowing, but they did! The size is about 8X8, which is pretty large. They weigh a TON. This is the first underglaze layer I painted on with Duncan Underglazes. The design wraps around the entire box.
This will go into the kiln and be fired to 06 so the underglazes bake on nicely. Then it will need to be glazed and fired again. I'll post the final glazed piece once complete. There's always a risk it will crack in the next firing, so you can't get attached to pieces. There's no way you know if it's going to make it.
I worked on some ceramic tile magnets last night while watching TV. These small items are perfect to work on when I want to chill, but feel like doodling. The size is about 1.75 X 1.75. They'll need to be glazed and fired.
Here's the logo for the Pittsburg Seafood Festival I just sent out to the client for approval. Art is colored with pencil crayons and washed with odorless turpentine. It's been awhile since I've used this technique as there seems to be more interest in the patterned ink illustrations I'm doing right now. I forgot how lonnnnnng this technique takes. It takes some time to build up the layers with the pencil crayon. I still have a set of 6 smaller illustrations to complete. I'll post them when they are done.
This is the revised sketch for the Pittsburg Seafood Festival logo I am creating for this year's celebration. It incorporates a lot of elements from the downtown area and specific items from the festival. Just waiting for approval before I do the final drawing and color it. Then the type will need to be added. I'll post the final as soon as I get there.
I am also going to do a series of small illustrations for the website as well as a mailer and billboard. Big fun. ;-)
A couple of my pieces displayed at OVCAG's The Language of Clay exhibit at the Olive Hyde Gallery. For more info about the show click here. For more photos of the show click here. Here's a great article about the show which is published in the Tri-City Voice newspaper.