I have so many projects in my head sometimes I just itch to pour them out and make something out of them.
I'm currently working on this idea of mine to make a ceramics side table. I was inspired by the stage settings at Adele's iTunes Festival recently. She had this wonderfully elegant side table next to her chair which intrigued me. I found myself trying to catch a glimpse of that table the whole time I was watching the concert!
A ceramics side table does sound crazy, the reactions I have had so far ranges from "Interesting... " or "What do you mean? How are you going to make a table out of clay?".
I'm trying out a new type of clay this time. It's called Keanes White Raku, which is basically earthenware. Now because I want my side tables to be more sturdy, I'm going to fire my tables to the full temperature of 1280 degrees. This will make it less water absorbent which will hopefully make it more durable.
I was a little apprehensive about changing clay at first (my teacher recommended it). I've been working with porcelain for the past year that moving to another clay feels like a small betrayal. But having worked with it, I find it's actually so much easier. With the type of forms I'm planning to make, it would probably be quite impossible to make them in porcelain. Or at the very least, my rate of success would be less than 50%.
I've done some test pieces, ready to be fired when I go to class this Thursday.
Speaking of class, have I mentioned that I'm doing a wheel throwing class? It's so fun! Throwing on the wheel (if you don't know what that means, think of the movie Ghost and the scene between Demi and Patrick...) is a skill that is acquired by practice. You can only get good at it by practising. But to even start on it is daunting, so many things to consider!
The funny thing is that the class is being taught by a fellow COFA ceramics student. I thought it was going to be weird at first, but the first class was quite good.
Anyhow... off to bed now. I've been having lower back pains hopefully it will go away tonight, if not I might have to go to a chiro tomorrow.
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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