And so a year on from first being introduced to the process of lino printing (when I was also rediscovering ceramics) I’m now in the thick of combining the two: linocutting & clay. And I’m hooked. There’s no stopping me…… The finish is so neat & and fresh. Because it’s used with clay, differences in pressure means that each piece is slightly different, giving it that quirky handmade finish.
My next blog will give more details as to how the process works. Anyone who fancies a go, come along to my next workshop in Resort Studios, Margate.
Every glaze is a law unto itself. The finished effect depends massively on so many variable factors ………the top temperature, the speed at which it reaches that temperature and the time it remains at that temperature, the actual type of kiln that it’s fired in, ….. (bored yet?)…….the positioning of the piece in the kiln, the thickness of the glaze, the type of clay..blah, blah… and more blah (obviously therefore not a predictable outcome – all part of the “fun”). So when you get a new glaze it’s all a big mystery as to how it will actually turn out in the end. It could be a delightful surprise, or a ‘misery inducing’ surprise.
After a day of slowly cooking my pots in my wee kiln with my new glazes and a whole night of cooling down (aided by the unseasonal breezy weather that we’ve been experiencing!)… the kiln was ready to be opened.
With butterflies in my tummy, a clenched jaw and an image in my head of burnt and blistered pots (not an impossibility) I slowly and carefully opened the lid of the kiln.
Two words can sum up my emotions…. relief and delight. Let me know what you think!