Caption: A miniature hotel room inside a larger room creates the illusion of Nicole Gugliotti and Sue Steven’s “Microcosmic Exploration” Saturday afternoon at Hotel Biba during the Showtel art exhibition. (Brandon Kruse/ The Post)
things i wish i had some spare minutes for/coming up on pickled eggplant:
post pics of the egg plate i made my mom for her birthday/easter.
post about salting the kiln the egg plate was in.
make the “opportunistic bacteria” plates for a third time and have them work.
post pics of the soda fired microbes.
post official pics of the showtel 7 “microcosmic exploration” installation by sue stevens and me.
here are some photos from the show.
me and collaborator sue stevens. www.suestevensart.com
after dealing with some mechanical issues on the drive down, i finally made it to west palm thursday morning with my little microbes in tow. sue had our miniature biba room under way. a came up to hang and helped us out quite a bit. she was our contract seamstress. everything seemed to come together at the end and we were happy with the finished product. thnaks to kara walker tome, our amazing curator, a for seamstress help, everyone who came out and made this showtel 7 the most successful ever and oh, yeah, a little shout out to the rogue room. more pics soon.
i’ve had lots to post about but nothing but technological difficulties. i bought a camera a month or so ago and it seems to be malfuctioning, actually it won’t even turn on. am i cursed with all things electronic? and in addition my laptop seems to be on it’s last breath. i’m going to have to give in and get a new one soon.
but anyway, lots of stuff has been going on. preparation for showtel 7 has been underway. all my little microbes got finished up. i ended up soda firing them and was pleased with the results.
working with the kiln tech to check my work i sorta kinda “solo” fired the minnasota flattop and the soda kiln sunday. rudy, the flattop was done in a sweet 12 hours but our new soda takes a little longer. we had it done in 16 which is about average. hopefully as it gets fired more and we get to know it better the average time will decrease a little bit.
our kiln tech is a really great teacher and i’ve learned a buttload from him over the course of my residency. the soda kiln is a nice size to fill a load of my work and and fire solo, or to split with another resident. after finishing up sunday evening, i was already amped to start making work for the next one.
i’m getting really interested in the soda finish i’ve been getting on raw porcelain. i love the gray color and peach blushing that is typical of a soda fire, but for my work, the clean orange peel sheen is the best. especially when you get the little gray squiggles. i have so much detail in the form that putting glaze over it always seems like a bummer, but the soda sheen just coats it nicely, finishing it off. we’ve been firing to about cone 10 each firing, but next time, when i can fill the kiln or split it with j who also uses porcelain i’d like to push it to cone 11 or 12 and really max on the soda.
anyway, tuesday we were able to unload. everything came out great and is headed down to west palm with me today. showtel 7 is saturday. if you happen to be in the area, come on out!
microbes pre-fire. will post fired pictures and installation shots asap.
my etsy shop is finally up! visit at www.pickledeggplant.etsy.com. these lovely wall pieces are for sale.
i have been absent from this blog, but still working on stuff in the studio. learning about the soda kiln and preparing for a show in west palm beach. i have the opportunity to work with curator kara walker tome and to participate once again in the showtel installation show. this year i’m collaborating with a good friend of mine sue stevens (www.suestevensart.com).
here are some images of the “fanciful microbes” i’m creating for our installation. we’ll be working on a miniture scale for this peice.
made of highwater p10 porcelain. haven’t decided yet if i will soda fire or gas fire these montsers. tpictures of it’s friends to follow.
below is an image of the bacteria plates i was working on for a doctor i work with. i had scavenged some underglazes that were getting trashed at the studio to use for the color. i covered them with underglaze while leather hard and sgraffito’ed the image. i once fired them, putting clear glaze on top of the underglaze while everything was still bone dry. unfortunately when they came out of the kiln chunks of underglaze were flaking off. i thought it might be because i had once fired them?? so i remade them, but this time bisqued the underglaze on, THEN clear glazed and glaze fired. same problem. any idea what the problem could be? i’m stumped. i decided to get rid of these underglazes and go with something new. news to follow.