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armatures/fired wire/w.h.y

updated tue 30 sep 97


stevemills on thu 25 sep 97

We used to make strange creatures by "carving" out shapes in sponge,
soaking them in ordinary slip and firing them, sometimes draped with
slip soaked cloth as well. It's great fun and can be very serious fun as
well. We saw a sculptural panel created entirely this way at the local
art college diploma show last year, it was great.

In message , freewill writes
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>I have a question that kind of goes along with this "armature" idea. I'm
>not sure how to explain what I'm asking....try to bear with me.
>I've seen some work which I think was made by dipping cloth (lace, etc) in
>either throwing or casting slip and just laying it on the surface of a
>thrown pot. What's left after firing seems to be a fairly sturdy, perfect
>replica of the cloth, including the texture.
>I'm thinking that, like Flo said, any organic material used for this would
>"burn out" during firing. It seems that any such material would work for
>this type of "effect."
>I'm wondering if anyone here is familiar with this technique and knows
>if throwing slip can be used, or if it must be done with casting slip.
>I also wonder if there's a certain thickness to which the slip must be
>applied - though that's probably relative to the thickness of the object
>(i.e. the piece of cloth) that you're coating. There must also be an upper
>limit to how thick the cloth can be; to use the board example, I would
>guess that you couldn't just coat a board with a few layers of slip and
>fire it and get a perfect replica of the board (A hollow replica, though)
>out of the kiln.
>Anyone with experience in this out there? Or shall I just start
>experimenting?? :) Thanks!
>"When all else fails, manipulate the data."

Steve Mills
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