Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Scraffito Action!

Because of our setback with decals, it will be a while before we have anything to show you in that area. So, we're back for now to the tried-and-true scraffito/underglaze combination that has served us so well in the past.

Here is a bowl Gabe has decorated with images from a comic strip he's been working on. "The Homunculus" is inspired by certain William Blake images, particularly a painting of the god Los creating the world from a glob of blood. "The Homunculus" is a kind of cartoon creation myth.

As you can see, the drawings have been accented with colored underglaze on greenware. The effect we're hoping for is a watercolor-like translucency similar to Blake's watercolor prints.

Most of the Homunculus' poses are drawn from figures in Blake's prophecies, turned into a blobby, infantile character.

Previously we've used underglaze on bisque, but after seeing David Gurney's trees of life, which he colors at the green stage, we decided to try underglazing bone-dry. We'll see what happens.

We'll show some more drawings soon. Anyway, this bowl and some others will be going into the kiln, so come back to see more images.

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