Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Experiments in photo transfers

My first semester in grad school is well under way. Classes are going very well, but there is an amazing amount of work to do for each class. The other grads weren't kidding when they said they never get to sleep. I wouldn't trade it for anything though. I am being challenged on a daily basis not only in my own work but on how I view and analyze all kinds of artwork. My favorite thing has been the amount of experimentation I have been able to do. I have been able to try all kinds of new techniques. One of my professors actually said she would prefer us to fail in our experiments because we would learn more from it.
At the moment, I am doing experiments with photo transfers and decals. I have some really great photographs from when my mom was a little kid. I added a picture of one of the pieces I am working on. This was the first transfer I was actually successful with. It was very tricky figuring out how much liquid to use in order for the image to transfer properly. It took many tries but I am pretty happy with the results. Now the test will be to see if the image stays during the glaze firing. I am also doing pieces that have drawers in them. I love having little drawers or compartments to hide things in.
I am very excited about all the new experiences I am having here. There are so many different types of people. They all bring something unique to any discussion. This has been such a great time for me, I can't wait to see what is ahead.

1 comment:

  1. I love that photo of your mom! You incorporated it so well into your piece! I agree with your love of drawers. Joe always gets irritated because I stash things in the nearest drawer all of the time, even if it isn't the right drawer....