~ Mary Ruefle
I've changed clay bodies recently and begun to work with a mid range porcelain...and I love it! Through the studio practices I had, the sgrafitto I was doing, and the results I was getting; I began to discover that the porcelain was giving me the exact surface I was interested from beginning until the end. A white canvas, subtle colors, and a soft surface to match the soft forms of my figures.
I have also begun doing a lot of mono-printing with my sketches. Slip trailing and painting the images on news print to then transfer on to the clay surface. Thinking also about a sense of "interior life" and the interior of my vessels, as well as altering the forms I make to fit the fluid and organic motion of the body and image. Space, movement, line, and touch seem to be prominant in my work...I'm curious to see how this develops while in school.
Here are some images documenting the processes I have been exploring...food coloring has also played a role in how I work out design.