charcoal on paper A1
sketchbook entry A4 biro
I have been trying to finish ‘mothercourage’ for entry into a sculpture prize which closes on thursday. I have all but finished the work – fired it on saturday and started colouring sunday night. I finished colouring and waxing today. I have one goodish detail photo but a photo of the whole piece is eluding me. I think I will have to try again tomorrow.
I took my exhibition brochure to the printers last week but when they did a trial print the blacks were all different colours – I have spent some time trying to amend the problem between a number of different software packages – finally (many hours later and much cursing) the problem is all but fixed and we are going to print. Not much left to do now – yesterday I also picked up all the drawings from framers – looking good! The brochure is A4 (landscape) and folds down the middle.
Progress on mother courage is going reasonably well. I have finished ‘six babies’ which fit snugly into her wings – currently lined with plastic – to stop the new wet clay from seeping through into the dry clay (hopefully). I think most of the coconut fibre texture which is packed around the babies and their heads will burn out in firing. To replicate this I think I will be able to make a slip from ‘air-hardening clay’ and more coconut fibre and just top it up to finish off the piece. After firing I will probably finish with a mixture of ceramic stain and acrylic paint. Time will tell 🙂