The initial CityScape project that consumed much of my free time in December was well received at York & Friends Gallery…so much so, that I am scrambling to get a few more pieces ready to show. Having a bad case of hail-storm-damage-life-interruption hasn’t helped much but there may be a silver lining. It is one of those, “while you are at it” doing repairs, replacing roof and windows, how about let’s get this studio conversion completed as part of the process. So it goes. One more iron in the fire and much to get accomplished in a short period of time.
These bottles are fun to build. The taller ones are wheel-thrown in two sections and then carefully joined. Once joined, the finished spout is collared-in and pulled to its finished form back on the wheel. The result is a fairly light weight, thin-walled bottle. I have been asked a couple of times to show that exercise on video but keep forgetting to take a camera into the studio. Yes, that’s what I need…yet another project.
What you see here is the impatient stage. The bottles are tightly covered for a week or two and allowed to get leather hard. From the leather-hard stage, there is a considerable amount of carving, sculpting and texture work to accomplish before the first, bisque firing. Those images will have to wait for another day. More CityScapes are coming, even if coming slowly.