Sunday, October 13, 2013

I Slipped!

 Last week I got a bit slippy with it. Needing a receptacle for the huge amounts of eggs we seem to have now the baking has stopped at home, I had a little brainwave. If I doused an egg carton with white runny clay (slip) would it fire into a ceramic egg carton?

The obvious thing to do was to get a carton from the boarders dining room and paint some clay on. I should have stuck with that but it got tedious waiting for it to dry between coats so...

 it seemed easier to just pour slip all over the carton- one side only in case you want to do this. I smoothed it out a bit with a soft brush to try and get it a bit even.



 Placing it on a piece of cardboard made it easier to move to the kiln without cracking it.


 Then the experimental knitting sculptures caught my eye. One was chopped up and dipped in slip.
Yes, it is messy.
Yes, it is deliciously so.
Note more skeleton drawings going on there too.
Well there is a drought on, as some of the rural boarders reminded us.

 The whole blobby mass was spread ever so daintily on another slab of cardboard and fired in the kiln to a bisque temperature of about 1000 degrees in case you decide to have a go. Don't you love just getting a bit mucky and trying something with no idea of the outcome?

 I'll let you know how it all turns out. There could be delicate sculptural loveliness or just a big mess of burnt fibres, card and broken ceramics. Stay tuned slip groupies!

P.S. Did I mention that I am really enjoying this job? Yes? One or fifty times?



13 comments:

  1. Admit it, you just love to get your hands messy don't you! Have fun! :) x

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    1. And feet, and face and clothes....

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  2. All that creativity- you really do have an amazing job.
    Looking forward to seeing how the egg carton turns out. x

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    1. It's good for now anyhoo. I do miss teaching.

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  3. I can't wait to see if your egg carton experiment works. I could sooo do that - if I had a kiln!
    Please remember to give us an update Annie x

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    1. Brain like a sieve but this one is egg-citing. I have opened it and will let you know the outcome soon!.

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  4. I love a good cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next episode. This exploration is where real art resides.

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    1. The Young and the Eggless...I do love a bit of experimentation in uncharted waters so to speak!

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  5. Yep, if that egg carton thing works, you're onto something there. I'll be your manager. And first customer. xxx

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    1. You know I get bored after one go! It may not be functional either. Could you mangae me in general though. I need a manager.

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  6. ooo cant wait to see what happens x

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    1. You are right up with the team here, Jane! I like having enthusiastic punters on board!

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  7. I love the idea of an egg tray. I must get my kiln repaired!

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