When I was at the Rauschenberg Residency this past August, I spent a couple of weeks learning that ceramics is not the medium for me. I had some surprise success with my crackers, which were an afterthought project, but generally found the process frustrating. There are too many variables and too many places for things to go wrong. But, here’s what I made.
I wanted to start a series of alternate national park souvenirs. I’ve had the idea for a Crater Lake casserole dish for years. You add your casserole ingredients and Wizard Island still peeks out from the middle. Great, in theory. I hated the color and the dish cracked.
This is a Mammoth Cave stalactite planter. It actually turned out pretty much like I envisioned it, but was still too ugly to bring home.
My one National Park souvenir success was this Delicate Arch mug for Arches National Park.
Random mountains that were supposed to be blue, not brown. So unpredictable.
Butts! This one worked out pretty well. It is about 9″ wide.
Another shot of my Cheez-Its, which were the best thing.
I love these–particularly the cheese-its. I was just thinking about a college friend who made a ceramic english tea, and gave me one of her ceramic McVities chocolate digestives!
Oh my gosh, I would LOVE that. I’m a sucker for afternoon tea. Thank you!
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Thanks so much. I love some of what’s possible with ceramics, but I think it suits different personalities better than mine!