Apr 22

Celadon Bird Cup

Celadon Bird cup

To make the surface decoration on this cup, I trailed slip made out of the same clay body.  It came in handy that I had drawn several flocks of birds in my comic, coopdegrace.com, because I could draw them again without a reference. This cup, alas, is unuseable, because it has a longitudinal crack inside. …

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Apr 17

Four of Swords

A little about the process of glazing these tiles.  To do this series of twelve tiles took me about two weeks.  Each glaze needs three (at least!) layers on it, and each tile has several colors.  Some tiles have as few as seven (like this) and others have twelve colors or more.  It’s actually easier …

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Apr 14

The Moon

The Moon, 2

The card ‘The Moon’ almost always has two towers, a wolf and a dog, and a creature that lives in both the water and on the land.  The symbolism is about the transition areas, about the gray areas.  It is the interstitial tarot card. While the glazing came out better on this tile than on …

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Apr 11

Five of Cups

five of cups

Tarot cards have traditional symbols, and traditional imagery.  Most decks’ images bear some similarity to one another.  I’m most influenced by the Morgan Greer deck, which was my first and remains my favorite deck.  This card repesents partial loss, and the card in the Morgan Greer deck looks a lot like this. The color in …

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Apr 08

Queen of Swords

queen of swords

Since I got my kiln working again, I went ahead and glazed the rest of the bisqued tiles from my tarot series.  It’s been…let’s say it’s been a learning experience.  First of all, I thought that “three even coats” of glaze was a little thick, but if anything, it’s not quite enough.  I don’t like …

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