The glaze found and settled in the crevasses of the texture on these love-bird boxes, hooray! There’s something really lovely about the surprise of ceramics, no matter how much you plan there is an addition of chance that can create happenings that can never be duplicated. I’ll be sure to try this textural approach on more pieces with different glazes as well.
I think these two boxes embody one of my very favorite quotes: “Consider everything an experiment.” -Sister Corita Kent
It’s just as precious as I’d hoped it would be, and I realize now that I need to share a photo of what the inside looks like too!
I was testing boundaries with this one, seeing how small I could make a “slab built” box.
This size is indeed quite small, but not so tiny that it would get lost in your hands. To that point, an important piece of (or experience for) the vessels I make is that it calls to the viewer/user to interact with it. I want someone to feel the weight of the piece, appreciate the laborious details and enjoy the action and surprise of opening one of these ceramic boxes.
I tested my small size boundaries and think I’ve found a comfortable limit… I don’t think I’m going to try to make a box any smaller. I also am testing out some slip texture to see if I can get some good glaze movement… we have a ways to go to see if those will yield what I’m hoping for.
1/2 inch on the outside… just big enough to hold a tiny secret or a little hope.