The studio here runs on coffee – Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccinos, to be exact. But today is Shrove Tuesday. That’s the Anglican version of Mardi Gras, only with pancakes instead of beads and frontal nudity. And that makes this my last Frappuccino until Easter. I’ve given up all manner of things for Lent in years past. One year I even gave up internet access, and got an incredible amount of work done. I guess I’ll find out if I get less done without coffee. I have this horrible image of Alan coming home one evening and finding me face-planted on the workbench!
But at least on this, my last caffeinated day, I have been busy filling up the kiln. Remember this guy?
Here he is now, with just his final detailing and glossing left to do.
He’s unusual in that I have done most of his dappling by hand, using thin washes of color much like I used to do when I cold-painted. That’s also how the mapping around his pattern was done, though I’m not sure it’s especially visible in this photo. I am anxious to see how he turns out!
And over the weekend I finished up the ceramic production molds for “Moose”, Sonya Johnson’s medallion for the CT River Classic Live. He’s a nice size and has the clean lines that I enjoy painting, so I’m looking forward to glazing a few myself. It will be a week or two before the molds dry, though. His was the last mold I had planned for a while, since it won’t be long before I have to start making horses for the Spring Lottery.