March in the Studio
Have you heard?
There will be a great restocking of new items to the shop on March 18th!
It's been a busy few months in the studio. My goal for this year is to work on specific bodies of work at a time and release new items once they are all completed. The Piggery launch just before Valentines Day was the first time I've done it this way. This allows me to fully focus on one type of work and fully explore an idea, without being distracted (hopefully creating better work!).
I was out of raw materials for several months with items being backordered by my clay supplier, so that was another factor in limiting my focus. After the piggery was completed, I was still waiting for materials, so I decided to create the latest collection of horses I have ever done at one time.
All new products will be published right here on the web shop at 12pm Eastern. Email subscribers will be notified when the update is live along with a special discount code for all new items. (You can sign up on the homepage if you're not already on the list!)
So What's New?
I will have a wide array of new horses available, and in a new technique I am calling the 'Hydro Horse'. After waking up from a dream where I envisioned bright & colorful horses, I was searching for a way to bring the vision to life. The method of pour painting came to mind, but I wasn't able to figure out how to achieve a proper look on a three-dimensional object.
I had seen the process of dyeing silk in a marble pattern with a water bath, so I decided to research possible techniques and discovered hydro-dipping. The technique is popular with auto parts, helmets and other metal object to put complex printed designs onto dimensional objects so I decided to try it on the horses.
Using a water bath & spray paint, I was able to effectively create a technique to have a marble effect on the horse in a variety of bright colors & patterns. I the process was a fun learning experience, but I was happy to get the kiln firing and work on some new traditional raku horses.
fired technique. These pieces used a combination of horse tail hair, chicken feathers and sugar that were burned onto the surface once the horses were heated to roughly 1400°F. The black lines that remain are the carbon imprints from the organic matter. Watch the horsehair raku process & firing. People have often asked for custom made pieces using the hair of a loved horse or pet and now I have a new item available to order! In trying to think of a smaller item that can be carried with you, I have created these new raku heart pendants. Once you place your order, you can send in your hair sample and I will use that to create a keepsake of your loved animal friend.