Sculptural Vessels Information: Hand Built Porcelain Vessels
Just what are these pieces I'm looking at?
These are handbuilt vessels of high fire English Porcelain.
I build them the old fashioned way; with a rolling pin. I join the pieces
by hand and refining the shape in relief. I then spray the backs black
and incise (scratch) through the black to reveal the white line. The fronts
are done spraying the darkest color, and then sponging off the overspray.
I continue this process working to lighter colors. I use small hand held
masks to protect already sprayed areas, though a little light color won't
show on the dark. I then add brushwork and can scrape or incise any area
to let the porcelain white show through. It is a tedious process and any
bump, scratch, or brushstroke can only be redone by sponging clean and
starting over. I do this all with ceramic stains mixed as a light slip
on the wet piece. It is then bisque fired when dry, coated with a clear
glaze, and refired to 2300 deg. f.
These are designed as decorative works of Art in their
own right and I seek to share some of my personal vision through them.
They are functional as vessels as well, hold water, and I often display
them with a few cut flowers. They have a wonderful three dimensional quality
and I invite you to look closely as some (above) contain more than at first