Monday, May 3, 2010

Clay Pigeons

I'm not quite sure what it is that makes these clay pigeons so amazingly delightful, but I just love them. It could be the immediacy of the way he is working; a real sketch-like feeling. Or it could be the "personality" of their attitudes. They are made by studio manager Albert Pfarr, who is known for his expertise in all areas of clay, glazes, kilns, etc. Here are a few shots that chronicle the method he uses to produce the flock. A loosely thrown jug or bottle type shape is then tilted onto a base, given a beak and face, then glazed with a shino glaze that is heavily reduced in the kiln firing. Wax resist prevents some areas from the effects of the carbon trapping, which is what gives the deep black.

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