Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crazed with the Love of Light

Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light. - Eugenio Montale

Saturday, I worked on creating a couple sunflower pieces.

I have some Spring shows coming up and hope to have new work available by then.

My first piece survived the firing process, but cracked shortly after I removed it from the kiln. I'm not really sure of the exact cause, but suspect thermal shock, even though I allowed the piece to cool for 8+ hours.

I heard a tiny, almost imperceptible click that turned into a hairline crack, and then the piece broke apart in my hands. Oh well, these things happen sometimes, despite my best efforts.

I started again, creating both the large and small pieces pictured here. I let the large one cool all night and all the next day before I opened the kiln. Thankfully, it was very stable by then. I will begin work on the background boards soon. I will post the finished pieces later.