Officially, I took two weeks off from work for the holidays. But I thought about slip the whole time. Not that it isn't fun to see my family ... cooking and eating big meals, playing the Wii, going shopping ... it's just that new slip ideas were swirling. Lately I've been feeling that my usual carved illustrations were looking kind-of flat. I wanted to add different slipwork techniques, like brushing and trailing, to the carving. Brushing and trailing make three-dimensional deposits of slip. Plus it's really hard to make long, sweeping curved lines by carving, because my tools drag so much against the clay. But trailing is a different story! I didn't quite make it to the end of my family's visit. I begged off for a few hours to work in the studio. My appetite was huge and I threw nothing but 7lb pots. Then I went nuts with slip.
Mea Rhee (mee-uh ree),
Smithsonian Craft Show
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