Red Lodge Clay Center's Artist-in-Residence the Month of April
I'm super excited to announce my month long art residency at Red Lodge Clay Center the month of April. I'm finally starting to sit down with my sketch book to being drawings some ideas for future ceramic + wood combo pieces.
My two favorite things about participating in art residencies are: getting to work along side other artists (especially now that I have a solo pottery practice) and setting intentions for new work. Those parameters for new work could look like new clay materials, making processes, or goals for a specific body of work. As of right now I have the intentions of exploring more sculptural ideas for ceramic and wood combo ideas.
Stay tuned for behind the scenes look at my art residency in April. Hopefully I will have some new Mug Adventures to share as well as I will be in the beautiful countryside of Montana!
Want to support me in my creative endeavors with this Red lodge Art Residency?
Sugar and Scribe
Favorite Restaurant in
My husband went on a work trip to San Diego recently and made it over to our favorite restaurant Sugar and Scribe where he ordered this fabulous drink served in a Lisa York Arts mugs and an amazing breakfast.
The second best part about coming to this restaurant is getting to walk over to La Jolla Cove where all the seals and sea lions hang out. My husband even witnessed a seal giving birth.
Amaco Celadon Glazes
Combinations of layering celadon glazes with wax resist designs on pottery.
Base glaze Snow, wax resist pattern, and top glaze Ice.
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5. Soda Fire Artist: Denise Joyal
Soda Firing topic: Mishima
Soda and wood-firing potter, and adjunct professor, making primarily functional ware.
What inspires the imagery for your Mishima carving?
"I have a number of sources of inspiration. I love to garden, so I use a lot of floral imagery. I am fascinated by textile design and graphic design as well, and often find myself using patterns I see in fabric or a random online design as a starting point for a design to carve."
At what stage do you do the Mishima carving?
"I do my carving at leather-hard. I feel like there are a few stages of leather hard, so I would say it’s more of a hard leather hard (parmesan cheese, not cheddar)."
What tools do you use to do the carving?
"Initially, I tried using an Exacto blade. Kudos to those who have success with this tool. I couldn’t manage to get the curves I wanted using it.
After trying numerous already existing tools, and not getting the line quality I wanted, I researched a number of metal tips in multiple industries for all types of purposes. I settled on one I really liked. I was excited that the tip was threaded and could be replaced without replacing the whole tool. I then asked my friend, master tool-maker Troy Bungart, if he would collaborate on a custom tool for me. After sending back and forth a few revisions, we came up with one I really like. I will be selling them at The Roomshow at NCECA in Richmond. You can also contact me to order one directly."
Why do you like Mishima in soda firing?
"My designs, and my work, tend to be fairly controlled. I like using Mishima in soda, because it partially bleeds the inlaid underglaze onto the surface of the work in unexpected ways. Sometimes, it will leave an outline around my carved imagery. I think the atmosphere helps loosen my otherwise tightly controlled work."
What are the advantages of Mishima in light or heavy soda application, and which do you prefer?
"I like both for different reasons. Light soda preserves more of my designs while still offering some softness to the line, which can be really striking. If I spend a lot of time on an overall design, it may be preferable.
Heavy soda may even obscure parts of my design. That said, I love the contrast of heavy directionally applied soda. I can stack my work to ensure that the parts of the work I want to receive the most soda do when firing this way. This allows me to get the best of both worlds, by having a heavy juicy gray soda side and a lighter, orange flashed side. My goal in these effects is to mimic the way sunlight, just before sunset, creates long heavy gray shadows while illuminating surfaces still in its path."
Thanks Dense for sharing about your mishima surfaces in the soda kiln!
Find more information about Denise at:
Instagram: @kilnjoy, @theroomshow
Take me to the Archive of Soda Fire Blogs
Denise's Flashing Slips
Denise's Clay Bodies
Wood fired Mugs
New mugs out of the wood kiln and in my etsy shop!
Mug with great ash and flashing!
Mug with geometric pattern and my favorite color yellow.
These mugs sold already, but you can still enjoy seeing them.
Scale + Proportion Phase
Organic Wood Carving
The benefit of paper is that it is quick tool to experiment with the look of different sizes of the wooden piece and it's cheap. I also start to try to imagine how I want the wooden lines to glue up. I usually build up a wooden sculpture by gluing up a lot of smaller wooden pieces.
In addition, I try to draw out the different views I would have of the three-dimensional wood piece: front, side, and top perspectives. I will share more about why this is useful in the next lesson.
Join my +Wood Educational Series
Mishima under Amaco Celadon Glazes
Amaco Cone 6, Celadon Glazes
over Amaco Black Underglaze
Here are more of the bud vases and their glaze information.
Yellow Makes me Happy
And I really Love this Yellow
Bud Vase Mug Combo!
Here on my blog I share behind the scenes, events, and activities related to my art.
Behind The Scenes
Coffee + Tea
Flowers + Plants
New Art Work
Pots In Use
Seasons + Holidays
Travel + Art