When I was young, what I valued most was being given answers.
As I got older, it that was the freedom to ask questions that I cherished.
Now a half century into all of this, it’s the permission to look for the answers that’s my refuge.
I was rather uncomfortable with this project as I put it to bed last night. As it stood, it’s a rather busy white on white design with lots of empty space around it. Floating unanchored on the surface, it had possibility, but it wasn’t working yet either. As it stood, it plainly couldn’t be allowed to fail straightaway without challenge.
My fall back strategy for finding an answer is easy… I was looking forward to a day spent mowing and edging the baseball field. Easy. The busy work always seems to give me the needed space to think.
As usual, the busy work didn’t disappoint. I ended the day with three possible solutions. Each untested, but simple enough.
Solution A. I’ve heard that the standard Malcolm Davis Shino can be taken to cone 5 in a gas kiln. A few years back while working with the high fire kilns, it was found that an application of wax would produce red halos to highlight details of the design buiried in the glaze and worked really well. Common knowlage. Dramatic effect.
Plan B is to use newsprint image transfers to fill space blocked in by the stencils, making use of vintage gay porn. (This idea might need to wait a bit longer. I don’t think I have the right material to make this work.)
Option C takes a page from Kelly Lynn Daniels lesson book, laying down another layer of stencils and contrasting layer of Slip. I been meaning to try this for years, but hadn’t gotten to it just yet. It’s always has had huge potential to add a lot of significant depth to the work (and conversly, it adds time as well).
Today I’m settling for choices A and C, (although now that I’ve thought about it I’d prefer mash-up of all 3… Not yet grasshopper).