Plates of Poetry...
After creating test tiles to learn more about my materials and what would be required from my ceramics to fresco on them...I have begun to apply these techniques to ceramic forms. Due to the permanence of buon fresco, it has demanded from me a certainty and act of confidence in my mark making.
The imagery on these three plates is inspired by poetry....
I conceptualize my ceramics as a three-dimensional canvas, denying function and transforming them into objects of contemplation.
Painting buon fresco on my ceramics is my way of exploring the dichotomy between softness and hardness, vulnerability and permanence; all qualities that the material and their surface contain. I would like to continue this research as a visual and physical representation of the fresh and fragile body or human condition.
The plates below are a celadon glaze which I think compliments and contrasts the fresco surface. I also experimented with just the painting layer vs the brown coat underneath. So far it's working well and I look forward to making a tool that best applies the fresco to curved surfaces and helps for a smoother finish! I am really intrigued by the continuation of image under glaze into the fresco...this is something I plan to pursue further.