Sara Kirschenbaum
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Fleeting

Posted Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2011 at 1:05pm

Cracks. I have a devil of a time with cracks. I've been told that it is one of the inherent difficulties of making large tiles. Here's one fortuitous crack that actually looks like part of the drawing:

crack

I've had tons of advice: use different clay, handle the clay less, fire on beds of sand, dry more slowly. I think the last is probably key but I just don't have the patience to let things dry for weeks before firing. But I have come up with my own solution: documentation. I try to take pictures of works in progress. That way, if they end of cracking all is not lost - the drawings live on in photographs.

Here is the life of one piece that survived:

hand1

One of the ways I have been trying to dodge cracks is to cut out the contour drawing. but it makes me kind of sad because I don't get to see the wonderfully expressive line that a pin tool makes on clay.

hand2

Here it is cut out:

hand 3

And here it is fired:

hand4

Finished? My teacher, Kicki Masthem, thought I might add a little gold lustre to the end of the brush - what do you think?

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