I got it! I FINALLY GOT IT!
After years of doing this design with varying degrees of success, I finally opened a kiln and found what I needed to see. Absolutly stunning surfaces. Absolutly stunning.
When this is what I see go into a kiln. A quick 50/50 cobalt wash. A Bell White Liner. A thinned Red Shino…
And this is what comes out.
Seriously. I couldn’t be happier with what is in front of me.
Now the question becomes, do I keep repeating that success over and over again until I’m sick of the design, or do I celebrate with a bottle of wine, take pride in the accomplishment and move on, or do I just file the design away like an old favorite piece of sheet music, a treat to be pulled out years down the road?
Quick backstory… These three pieces are a few of the pieces that came out of the Cobb Mountain Arts and Ecology Project’s new Wood/Gas Soda kiln. Admittably, there weren’t even a full dozen works that made it into the kiln, but I absolutely LOVE what I’m holding and I’m not in any hurry to let it go. After all these years, these are surfaces that best mirror what’s in my minds eye. I just don’t have reasonable access to make this happen again…