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“Take A Road Trip”

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Here are some of my bowls that came out of the last firings for my DIA commission.  I filled the rest of the kiln with some bisque I had lying around.  I was ecstatic to the DIA project but, it’s really nice to get back to doing purely what I want to do.  I work in terra cotta and white earthenware.  When I glaze my terra cotta I fire the work at cone 05 and when I glaze fire the white earthenware I fire to cone 04.  I have fewer glaze combinations that I like with the terra cotta, I so I tend to work in white clay a little more.  But here are a few from the last firing. 

The text on the bowls; in order: “Take a Road Trip”, What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail”, “I Hate Liars, Yet I Lie.”

I just found out the four vessels I made for DIA are going to Mr. Mamoru Tsuchino, Mayor of Takayama, Mr.  Kenichi Kaba, President, Takayama City Council and to Mr. Tadao Shimohata, President, Takayama-Denver Friendship Association and Mr. Barry Hirschfeld who is the chairman of DIA’s Tokyo based Ascent to Asia committee.  Laura from DIA said she would send pictures when they get back from Japan.  I can’t wait to see them. 

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8 Responses to ““Take A Road Trip””

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    Those came out great, I particularly like the contrast of the black on the first two. your word phrases are thought provoking for sure. congrats to you Connie on the DIA project.

  2. Trudy Fuller Says:

    Connie,
    So beautiful. I just love following your artwork. The colors have a soft beauty and the words make my mind ponder. Thank you for using your gifts.

  3. Connie Says:

    Thanks Linda, I love working with terra cotta.

  4. Connie Says:

    Thank you Trudy!! I hope my bowls are conversation starters.

  5. Judy Shreve Says:

    Connie – your bowls are beautiful! Do you use a slip or terra sig or is it all done with glazes? And — yes! congrats on the DIA project.

  6. Connie Says:

    Hi Judy
    After NCECA I will do a post of my glazing techniques. But here is a fast and dirty explanation, It’s all glaze. I use a combination of matt, shinny, and sometimes I under fire my glazes to have them more of a matt finish. I fire to cone 04, 05 and 06. I’ve been using the same 10 ish glazes for a long time. I do experiments of glazes that good nice under and over each other, and under fire several of them, but I also fire them to their correct temp on other pieces, so it looks like I have a bigger palette. Of this all happened by accident the first time. Thanks for your question.
    Connie

  7. ang Says:

    how fantastic it’s nice to know some of your work will be in japan…extremely well done! love your text and bold use of colours and designs…

  8. Connie Says:

    Thanks Ang!! Yes, I’m very excited about the international deal. I wish I was going with my pots.