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Spring 2013

Color

A couple weeks ago I made the decision to integrate color into my thesis work. This is saying a lot for a person who’s spent the past 5 months fixated … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Holes and Mishima

In the past couple weeks I’ve been making headway with my finishing techniques and construction methodology. I purchased a Dremel and jewelry-scale drill bits to more efficiently make consistent, refined … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Andrew Martin Critique

This past week Andrew Martin was a visiting artist at our studio and I had the opportunity to have a short critique with him. He gave me a lot of … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mishima Tests: Pre-Firing

A couple of weeks ago I posted the results of my underglaze tests¬†and briefly mentioned my plans to use the underglaze with a mishima process in conjunction with laser etching. … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Laser Etching

On Thursday I began making some progress with laser etching. I tested two different power/speed strength combinations and wasn’t fully happy with either one but now I have the chance … Continue reading

October 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Islamic Tiles – Part 2

This is the second installment of inspirational Islamic tiles with floral motifs and arabesques. Fragments of polychrome luster earthenware tiles excavated from the Jawsaq al-Khaqani at Samarra, 9th century. Five-pointed … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reinterpreting the Tile

Last week I dropped a tiny hint in my¬†Islamic Tiles – Part 1 post about a new idea I’ve been exploring for my thesis. In my exploration of binaries, one … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Islamic Tiles – Part 1

This past week I went on a pretty heavy floral-motif Islamic tile binge looking for source material for some thesis-related ideas. This post is limited to blue and white designs. … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Shades of Grey

When I began tape casting this summer I pictured my final products to have a uniformly pristine surface void of color or pattern. As time went on and I finally … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lusterware

Fatimid luster dish with a female figure holding a cup “Fatimid art, more than any other art in the history of Islamic Egypt, has dedicated a remarkable place to female … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment