A new semester began at FHSU this past Monday and I returned to the studio to resurrect the play set and prepare it for firing. In spite of 6 weeks dry time and constant careful attention it cracked in several places. Part of the reason for this was the massive walls of the “rock” body vs the very delicate interior of the space. I used my favorite recipe for fire able fixes: 200 clay slip from summit brick (its primarily fire clay with lots of grog) Karo syrup and toilet paper. This gets me great consistent results in stoneware clays with little follow up needed.
This piece is intended to serve as a prop in my next video project to be installed on You Tube. As the project has taken its sweet time to be ready to fire It has allowed the concept for the work to evolve. While I still intend to base the production of the video off toy commercials of the 80’s, I have increasingly wanted to say something real about work and employment based on my experience dealing with the twists and turns of my job over the last year. The goal for this piece is to make a video and an object that on first glance is light and funny, but carries the human content and meaning that I need my work to contain. Stay tuned, it goes in the kiln this morning.