Saturday, November 20, 2010

Boil Bubble

81998H - Pink Pustules and Toothpaste ©2010

81998H - Pink Pustules and Toothpaste ©2010

There are so many things one never expects a glaze to do. These platters threw that idea in the garbage. (which makes sense considering how many hundreds of these platters ended up in the dumpster!)

I never imaged I would keep a platter with pink glassy pustules covering the surface. I never expected I would be excited to see frozen examples of cracked glacial toothpaste. Go figure.


jim said...

lovely piece alex, the lifestyle magazine photos in the previous post are extremely professional quality.

Alex Solla said...

Thanks Jim. The images in the previous post were made so long ago... but I figured, why not revisit them and see what I could do with them, especially in light of the new software I have been learning lately. I like the effects. Unfortunately, at this point, there isnt much tangible use for the images... so they are really more of a portfolio building tool... which hopefully some other artist out there will say, YEAH, I want my work to look and feel like that. Sure would look awesome as part of a direct mail/postcard idea.

as said...

Amazing work, it reminds me of when your on a plane and looking down at the clouds.

orly said...

Hi Alex,

I am a beginner with clay :) and I absolutely love the bubble effect and the icicles effect on this piece. How did you do it?

great work by the wAY


Alex Solla said...

Howdy Orly,
The easiest way to describe what made these glaze features, would be to take all the great mistakes from firing and push them even farther. These are defects x100. In the case of the "icicles" the glaze is forming crystals during cooling. The glaze is over saturated with crystal forming materials, in this case, zinc. As for the bubbles, they were caused by gasses forming during the melt. Knowing when to stop the firing has a ton to do with capturing this sort of effect. Hope this helps.