26 March 2008

the verdict ...

...is to (unanimously) leave them unglazed on the outside!

Thank you so much for your quick and insightful responses. I woke up from a night full of very bizarre dreams to all of your comments. Bleary eyed and confused from the panoply of dreams, I had to look twice at my computer screen to make certain all those emails were really for me.
Lord ol' mighty...you are on top of it!


To answer a few questions (quickly as I have loads of work to finish yet for my show). The vases are glazed on the inside with a water tight glaze so they wont sweat (I have already done the test for this). The reason I don't use the same glaze on the outside as the inside (I used to do this until very recently) is because the glaze is not the easiest of glazes to apply and if I have one eency weency thick spot anywhere the glaze gets milky which just doesn't cut it for me plus it drips and inevitably I lose a few to the kiln shelves. The low temperature glaze on the outside that works wonders with the color and is easy and cooperative in every way is not a watertight glaze. So I can't use it on the inside. So you see there in lies my conundrum. People, I know it may seem that there is an easier answer and perhaps there is but I just haven't found it yet and after years and years at this and so much loss (I lost more than half of my vases in 2007 due to the glaze issue) this is my solution.

As far as the "dry" look I used to use very little glaze on the outside of my work and it always had a dry look (though not completely dry like these guys). I started glazing with a shinier glaze only in the past three years or so. I like the new look but my personal aesthetic is for a rougher look. That is not always what the public wants and I have gotten a great response to the newer shiny work. I personally have absolutely no issues with a bisque only surface though Artists tend to like the more unusual perhaps more esoteric qualities of their own work and it most often is not what the public likes. Sad but true.

I am right there with you on Artists going for with their gut. I only hesitated because these are for a show called Line and Color at Mudfire Gallery in Decatur Georgia and I want them to be perfect. So thank you for helping me out!

Oh and by the way the work I send off to them will be for sale via Mudfire once the show opens on April 5th.


Thanks Again & Happy Wednesday to you all!


Anonymous said...

Diana! I would love to see some photos of your older work that you mention. I only recently discovered your work, and it's so fun to see the progression of someone's art. Especially as you mention it with fondness...

- Sally

suzy said...

I have only recently discovered your work via Poppytalk and I absolutely love it. I have recently started throwing pots and your blog is an inspiration!