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Ceramics again

A couple things happened today.  One, I remembered to bring my camera, and two, I realized I haven’t shown you any new ceramics since before the sale happened.  Those were the only two things that happened today.  Have a good night.



Kidding.  More than that happened.  Here are some things on my shelf:

This is that same red glaze I’ve used so many times before.  I think it’s been watered down a lot.  I don’t know what to think, actually.  I like what came out, but I have no idea how it happened.  Oh well.

This one is the Blue Green Black with a band of white slip under it.  Interesting?

Same Blue Green Black on a different clay body, I think that’s white liner on the inside.

Blue Green Black bowl with a squirt of white liner that looks like a mermaid tail.

I’ve taken a picture of this one before, but it had a goober in it, and I dremmeled that out, so now there is a gross spot down there that I may be able to refire, I forgot to ask my teacher today.

And here are a couple of forms ready for glazing:

I may wood fire these, I’m not certain.

I like how my painting is coming, but I think it looks about the same as it did on Monday.

The whites are a little hot in spots, I’ll try and tone them down a bit when I get back.

When I was walking past it, I thought it looked really neat from that vantage point, all lifelike and whatnot.  See?

Anyway, have a good Thanksgiving everyone, woo!


Step 3:

My painting looks a little sweeter today, a little warmer.  Which is ironic because the model was far grumpier today than the last two poses.  Doing this restrictive palatte is a very good exercise, which probably wouldn’t be much of a surprise to my teacher who assigned it over a year ago.  Now that I don’t have to focus on not doing it, I can see why he assigned it.  Not worrying about the colors so much allows me to focus on things like applying the paint, or making shapes, or how I apply the brush-strokes.  I think it is coming along really well, myself.

Also, nobody posted any suggestions for a name of this painting.  None.  Way to go, dear readers.

Extravaganza of sorts!

First, I would like to direct your attention to Cartel’s new website.  Showing predominantly on the front page is a video, filmed by a friend of mine, and of which I am a part.  I play a small roll in the video, and as all great motion pictures go, the final shot is the best, so stick around.

Second, there was the great ASU Ceramic Sale yesterday AND Tuesday, and that went very well.  Many thanks to the rest of the fellows who lent a hand to make it all happen, with much less emphasis on those several artists who make my stuff look terrible in comparison.  I will find out how much I made tonight, but I am confident I made at least seven dollars, which were promptly spent at Starbucks.

Woah wait, it’s Thursday?  Holy Mole!  I haven’t been making too much new art these days, lousy Art History.  I believe I forgot to post how my last painting turned out.  If not, here it is again:

I like how that one turned out a lot, but there are a few too many colors.  Here is the one I’m doing now:

I like how this one is turning out, it’s surprisingly haunting for an all yellow painting.  It is only 1/3 done (according to class time), so I have a while to develop it, but hopefully keep the emotion.

I’m trying to come up with a title.  Current ideas are:

  • A Portrait of Cheyenne Gray
  • A Portrait of Dorian Cheyenne
  • A Portrait of Doryenne Chey

Can you guys think of any?


Happy 21st Andy!

My sister’s 21st birthday is tomorrow.  Which is kind of weird, but not too weird because she was born when I was 8, and I’m 29 now.  So in a way, it makes sense.

I haven’t uploaded this thing for a while now.  It’s been nearly an honest week!  I’m not too sure why.  I mean, I am pretty sure why actually, it’s probably because I’m tired and busy and tired.  But, I have some neat stuff to show, so I suppose I should before I graduate, because once I graduate, I’ll probably not have access to stuff for a while.  Since it’s been a while, I have a load of things to show you.  Lucky you!  Boy, I wish I were you right now.

First off, a new drawing.  It’s only from yesterday and tomorrow, so I’m running out of time.

I’d say I don’t like this one, because I don’t, but I remember saying that about other ones I’ve done.  Like, every other one I’ve done.  So I’m going to go ahead and have faith that this one will turn out.  Her torso isn’t that wide, but I doubt this drawing will be about torsos, so that’s ok.

Then my painting.  I forgot to take a picture of it on Monday, so here’s one from before I worked on it today:

Now here it is AFTER I worked on it for a while:

It sure looks funky, eh?  Yeah, I added more blue.  I’d even say it needs MORE blue.  And more yellow perhaps.

I got some stuff from out of the kiln today, some nice stuff too!

This red is nifty.  The whole cup was put in the red glaze, but as you can see, one side stayed that white color.  The other side got enough reduction, I think, and turned red.  Either that, or it’s thicker on that side.  I’m not exactly sure what’s going on.  It depends on the clay body too.  That is B-mix (A-mix is too expensive) (that is a really stupid joke).  On B-mix, the white portion is smooth.  Here is the same glaze on WSO:

It looks similar (especially in these images), but it cracks a lot over WSO, which is a nice effect.  It’s too bad WSO feels so unfun to throw with.  Maybe I’ll get used to it.

This one is on Rod’s Bod.  It’s a goofy name, I know, we discuss it in class.  There is a lot more iron and itty-bitty rocks and what-have-you in the clay body, so I think the iron helps to make the glaze more red or something.  I don’t know, it’s very complicated, ok?  I’m just glad I’m not majoring in this stuff.

But hey, I’m getting more competent in throwing the stuff, that’s step one.


The show went really well.  For those of you who came, thank you.  For those of you who didn’t, I’ll pretend you were just staring at a blank wall for two hours and tried to imagine how glorious my drawings are.  You failed, by the way.

We’re going to do a closing reception for it next week.  Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.  I’m not going to be hyping this one as much, if only because I hyped the one yesterday for several weeks, and the one in one week is in one week, which is less than several weeks.

Lotta art today, and I have some things to glaze, so I’ll get down to brass tacks.

As usual, I don’t like my long drawing yet, but we have half a day I suppose.  Since my show (it was a while ago now), I have been overthinking my drawings.  Not good for anyone.  Things turn out in the end.

Here’s my painting:

And finally, some clay stuff:

I’m pretty happy with this next one:



I managed to get a big panel to paint on, but I forgot to prime it.  The results are fun, the paint reacts directly with the wood in weird ways.  We have six or seven days left in this pose, so I looked at the figures for a while, made a few brush strokes on the panel, looked at the panel for a while, then rubbed them out.

Then after class I monkeyed around on it for a while.  I think that since the wood is unprimed, the paint will dry really fast.  If I do a lot of layers like this, I might get something out of it.

In all the hubbub of my show, FLUXUS, I didn’t keep you updated on my ceramic stuff.  I think I showed you this before it was fired:

Anyway, it’s bisqued now.

I found some older stuff I did out on the shelves, among them were these two:

We did a salt fire, which I liked more than I thought I would, because I got some awesome stuff out of it:

I hope we do it again (I’m sure we will), because I got some nice textures out of it, even though I didn’t really plan anything out special.  So, next time Gadget.  Next time!


Where are my manners?




In case you don’t have a Facebook account, I am having a senior show reception next Tuesday, the 25th.  It will definitely be history in the making, and possibly more history than anything else that has ever happened before, ever.

It is at Gallery 100 at ASU, from 6 to 8.

I forgot to add my painting progress from Tuesday.  Here you are:

I put some red mixed with liquin in the back, and that helped push it back, but it also looks shiny today.  I hope that goes away, because it’s terrible.  I also tried to put some flesh color on top of the figure and then wipe it away, and I’m not convinced it’s working.  What do you think?

I started a new one today on the same sized panel.

I think it turned out well enough, I think it isn’t terrible, so I should quit while I’m ahead.  There are two figures for this one, which is all well and good, but the panel ain’t big enough for the two of ’em.  I remember my painting teacher saying he didn’t want to take figure painting in college, because the main problem with most figure paintings were drawing problems, not painting problems.  With that in mind, I am really trying to lean away from drawing a figure how a figure looks, and try to capture painting a figure how a figure is.  I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to do in my gestures also.  That’ll give me something to do after I graduate to keep this ball rolling, so that’s exciting.