a dedicated reader will recognize this Greek Geometric style krater from a previous post. Part of my requirement for school is to create a piece inspired by the art history studied during the semester. I chose this piece as my inspiration. The concept for the piece is to take the basic structure and basic design principals and layer in contemporary images. I was especially interested in bringing in a graffiti image. Graffiti has so many similarities to hieroglyphic images, being a picture that means a word and that must be decoded by the viewer.
I chose coils to build the piece from as it would allow me maximum control. It is also a method of building that I love and i chose it for the pleasure of being able to spend a couple days in that process. I began with a scale drawing. This outline was an invaluable too as it allowed me to hold the shape as i built up from the bottom. I took frequent measurements of height and diameter and compared to the drawing. If I was off, adjustments could be made.
Once the shape and size were dialed, the form needed fine tuning and handles. These are in the style of the original pot.
After the pot was bisqued I used iron oxide to paint the structural designs. I wanted to be as careful as possible with the patterning and lines so extensive grid lines were used
Gabe designed the tag, which says Pony and the balloon pony. The other image is a reduction of the stucco pony that lives outside the studio. He also placed the decals which requires tons of math and gridding. Overall we’re thrilled with how the piece turned out, and so happy to get back to the graffiti pots again.
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One of my favorite aspects of the work of Foxy-Wolff is the way that the large project can contain so many splinters and still remain whole. The intent, scope and heart of all the projects lead to the interior of the next project and are connected back to projects that are many years past, even before the beginning of our collaboration. The graffiti pots are especially one of these projects. Gabe and I began working together rather later in our artistic lives. For myself, I was focused on ceramic entirely. Especially working as a studio potter and sometime sculptor for almost 20 years prior to Foxy-Wolff. For Gabe about the same number of years have been given to the study of drawing and painting. Within those time spans we each developed interests. For me, the history of human culture through clay sculpture and pottery, for Gabe, Graffiti and street art have been important influences. For this group of vases we unite those years of experience and differing interests into a unified group of pots that are setting the tone for the work we intend to make for the next year at least.I threw the pots off the hump with the clay that we made this winter. The influence for the form comes from the arts and crafts movement. Not that these pots are intended to copy work from the period, but their forms and handle attachments reflect fashionable conventions from the time. This period has had the strongest influence over my sense of beauty in thrown forms and they are shapes I make often.
once the pots were trimmed, handled and bisqued, they were ready for surface treatment and their first firing. The first step in this process is to spray paint the surface of the work. We use a lead free industrial grade aerosol primer for this.
After the paint dries the pots are glazed. The paint acts as a resist and an uneven glaze surface over the paint is encouraged.
Following the glaze application the pots are ready for firing
While I was focused on design and execution of the pots, Gabe was working on the tags for the decals. Concerning the work Gabe said “I want the work to look as if it was taken from the unknown origins collection in a Museum and used like a wall is used by a graffiti artist”. Here is a group of photos that reveal his process in designingOnce a design is ready on paper it can be moved to the computer for extensive preparation in photoshop for becoming a decal. These were printed by the sheet and then cut out. Gabe chose a repeating order for all the pots. Even though some of the small pieces could only hold 3 of the tags, the order was held throughout the decaling process to prevent overuse of an imageOnce the pots were fired, they were ready to receive their decals
Decaled, they were ready for their third firing to set the decals into the glaze.The completed pots exceeded our expectations and have set the tone for future work. These are for sale through the studio, reach us through our “About” page.