To read text from the collecting scientists about the
Amundsen Sea section of Joan Lederman's blog.
Mappable Antarctica on Porcelain
5" x 2"
Click to read and search to learn. On porcelain clay, interior brown is the Antarctica sediment glaze. Back is glaze assembled from refined materials. Center of sea glass.
9" high x 6" wide
This mixture of sediments from Glacier bay is gritty when it's unfired -- so gritty that I can hear a scraping sound as the material flows off my brush but then, in the kiln, it smooths out into this.
4" x 1.75"
Brown glaze is from four inlets in Glacier bay Alaska. Center of seaglass. Click for larger images and read words on the back.
6" x 2.25"
On porcelain clay. words say: Glacier Bay Alaska inlets named Reid, McBride, John Hopkins. It halso has Muir in the mix but space caused it to drop out. Seaglass in the center interacts with the sediment. Rim and foot glaze assembled from refined materials.
The shape of the bowl that determines what the sediment does is influenced by how I lift the soft clay off the wheel with four fingers (four bumps).
11" x 2"
This combines a great outcome with a dwindling sample -- the last of this size I can do. The chatter-patterned clay fired once made a surface that received the sediment thick in to low parts and thin in the high places. Click for larger images to read the words---naming the four inlets in Glacier Bay.
When I work I feel it in my bones sometimes and yes with this one as the sound of the word polynya kept rolling off my mouth in the various dialects I imagined from my Russian ancestors (I understand the word polynya is Russian for pool).
So when I chop the glass, pick the right brush, and every other movement I make -- all seem to set loose some grace that pleases me in the result. A huge sigh, of course!. Why should it not be beautiful?
I love this brown sediment glaze. Maybe it's a precursor of a trip I'll make to Antarctica as a useful person on a ship?
Center is copper green glaze framed by chopped blue sea glass. White matte and lavender rim assembled from refined materials.
11" x 1.75"
Brown rim is a collection of many Antarctica places, all named so click for larger image and read the words. White matte glaze assembled from refined materials. Center of sea glass.