Recently, I've been working in ceramics. Being more of a painter, this has been a new experience, but one that I find quite a lot of joy in. It's a challenge and a new way of thinking, and I like that.
As a person who loves form, I've been able to transfer my desire to paint the human form into the clay. I'm working with finishing pieces in raw, unglazed manners, letting the natural "skin" of the clay and it's varied innate pigments that become apparent after firing be the work's strength.
I'm basically keeping it naked. Thus, I'm calling the body of work 'Nudes.'
To create interest, I am exploring textures using organic inclusion wedged and pressed into the clay body to be burned out later in the kiln, leaving behind naturalistic voids that nod to nature. You'll see in the photos, if can identify the voids' shapes, sunflower seeds, oats, lentils, and coffee grains. I am using one inorganic material - perlite, which is the white, inorganic stone found in potting soil.
I'm working with spherical forms and then exploring how I can further manipulate and/or join the forms I create. I'm working with porcelain and white stoneware clay bodies and plan to investigate naked raku techniques to further push the 'nude' message of the series.
I'll post finished work when I have it.