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Did you know barley wine is technically beer and is only called wine because of its high alcohol content? How about that it was first made to quench the English aristocracy’s thirst for strong drinks, such as Claret, which were made unavailable by conflicts with France during the latter part of the 18th century? One of my interests is in cocktails and the history of liquors and alcohol preparation, which, naturally, is tied into social history. The slip-trailed detail on this cup comes from 18th century English embroidery motifs.
The cup and stem were made as pinch pots. You probably tried this out in kindergarten. It looks simple, but it is actually really tricky to do well. One needs to gradually and evenly work the clay all the way around. Going too fast will render a piece with a heavily dimpled and surface and a cracked edge. Working unevenly will give you something unsymmetrical. Try it sometime!
The piece was allowed to dry and then it was loaded into a kiln for an initial firing (called a bisque firing), which heated it to a little less than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. After the bisque firing, the piece was glazed and then fired again to slightly more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes about 24 hours per firing, since the kilns have to get to temperature and then cool back down to room temperature.
This is what the cup looked like before it was bisque-fired. At this stage, it is referred to as greenware.
Reality is Optional. Art Prize. 2015.
I Create As I Speak: An Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition. College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition. 2015.
I started this basket series started while I was working for Sugar Hill Clay in Detroit, Michigan. I was spending a fair amount of time wheel throwing and I knew that I wanted to practice making bigger forms (3-4 pounds of clay, which is a lot for me) but I didn’t want to make regular bowls. The forms should have some structure and also an openness. And I wanted to do something challenging, of course. So I landed on making baskets. I drew the basic outline of what I wanted to carve and then I just went for it. There were a lot of losses at first but I started to get the hang of it eventually.