Ceramics are my current jam. I really like the idea of making badass pottery. Putting somewhat cruel imagery on pretty and delicate ceramic pieces. My first ceramics class was back when I was a kid with family friend and local artist Pam Golden. I was back and forth with it over the years and then got serious with it while studying under Judy Rossman for a couple of semesters while working towards transfer credits to MassArt for my undergrad in Painting and Art Ed. Although I enjoyed working in the medium, my other focuses pulled me away until this past spring when I signed up for a class with Lisa Howard at her studio/shop Local Pottery.
It was great hitting the basics again with Lisa because although I was familiar with foundation processes like rolling a slab or wedging some clay, there is always so much to learn by watching a different master working within their craft. Each week Lisa guides the class through something new and also helps students individually follow their path.
I've been pulling towards sgraffito, carving images into the clay, I'm sure in a large part because of my comfort with two dimensional surface design. I still have a lot to learn about everything really, in particular on the wheel and with glazes, so I've signed up for another class that begins later this week. I've gotten a jump start on a bunch of designs and am going to try and get different glazes on them so that I can start building up a library of things I've tried so that I can make more pointed decisions down the line. I always say this though, that I'm going to make a bunch of quick pieces to test glazing out on and then I get too attached to the design to use it as a test. Well if that is how it is going to be I just need to forge ahead and test on these nice pieces because I have a bunch of work that has everything but the glaze and final firing backing me up.