Hello, my name is Jillian and I am a pack rat. This is especially true when it comes to clay tools and materials.
Do I need 30 wooden paddles?
Do I need the box full of found objects for texture?
Probably not, but I’m incapable of getting rid of them. It’s all too easy for me to think that someday I’ll need any one of the tools and materials that I’m saving for that special project.
Among my stash are two containers of dried up glaze I’ve had since about 2011, 2012. The first is a lovely yellow matte glaze manufactured by Laguna Clay Company that has since been discontinued. Since it was sold already mixed, I don’t know the glaze recipe to recreate it. The second is a truly amazing Amber Celadon glaze that flashes blue. Unfortunately it contains a material that is no longer mined.
Once these two containers are used up – that’s it, they’re gone. No more lovely yellow matte, no more flashes of blue in amber depths. So, I’ve been sitting on them for years waiting for a special project. A body of work worthy of using up the last of these two glazes.
The Studio Director at AMOCA and I were reminiscing earlier this week about when the studio first opened. There were significantly fewer people using the studio and we had time to do all sorts of crazy projects … among them was trying to recreate that discontinued yellow matte glaze.
It was during this conversation that all of sudden it hit me … NOW was the time I had been waiting for to use these two glazes.
For those who haven’t heard, I’m currently working on a body of work for my first solo show that will open on August 8th. If my first solo show wasn’t a “special occasion,” then I don’t know what else could qualify.
I wrapped up the glazing of my work for my show this past weekend and loaded the first batch of pieces into the kiln with the hoarded glazes on them yesterday. I can’t wait for them to come out of the kiln!
Come see my hoarded glazes yourself on August 8th from 6-9 pm when my show, “GEARED,” opens at The Studio Artists’ Gallery at AMOCA.