Black abstract form attached to a narrow black stick.
Materials and techniques
Handbuilt form, St Thomas stoneware with blue and ochre slip decoration.
Cooper, 1994: Slabs of clay manipulated by force of impact or angle of throwing. When one of several pieces are made the simpler of the two main face pieces was dropped on to a collection of objects to undulate the surface. This was then reversed - patterned surface downwards on sponge paper - was screwed into balls and a mass was achieved. The other face side was dropped onto a new arrangement of objects, then placed onto the paper core. Edges are joined where touching, the form is manupulated to touch other edges. Other pieces of slabs are joined to fill out where appropriate and a base is attatched. After the piece is dried it is stood up onto its proper position. I applied very strong blue and ochre slips. Fired at 1060C. Porcelain slip wash. Refired at 1160C. Second porcelain slip. White eugobe 'slip with fluxing agent' and earthenware glaze. Refired at 1060C. Porcelain nad blue slip with eugobe, refired.