It seems only fitting that the first piece that I should work on for my new collection of work should centre around Athena. May the wisdom of Athena whisper to me and help inform me in the creation of this body of work and my blending of techniques, cultures and design elements.
For ‘Athena’, I started the piece not realizing that documenting my process of creating these pieces would be an integral part of the work. To start ‘Athena’, I slumped some clay on an interesting shape to get the middle component of this vase, but did not take a picture at that time.
Once the middle piece of the vase was assembled, I began drawing out my design on the leather hard clay and then incising it in the clay. I threw the neck and the base on the wheel and allowed them to dry to a similar moisture content before attaching them.
One of the trickiest parts of working with different elements and combining them into one form is keeping consistent levels of moisture in all components.
For this I use plastic bags, and the power of intention.
This piece will be a part of a series of work that I am currently creating called ‘Primythical‘, which you can learn about here.
This piece has fortunately survived it’s initial firing and is now glazed and ready for the next raku firing. Be prepared for an interesting surprise for this piece that will come after glazing!