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Liz Looker  Art, places, people.

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I thought this little bowl would exclusively be for ice cream...but @davidbamat made delicious chickpea salad and it's perfect for that, too! #chickpeabowl #icecreambowl

Family Weekend 💖

One more from Mass MoCA. The new space (Building 6, the Robert W. Wilson Building) is gorgeous.

Letha Wilson: Kilauea Seaview Concrete Ripple Tondo, 2017. Concrete, emulsion transfer.

I visited Nick Cave's show Until at @massmoca. It was phenomenal to be in an immersive installation that reflects on race, violence, opportunity, and limitation. I found it to be a space for empathy (if the viewer wants to participate). There's a good NYT article from last summer about his process and intention: Cave said, "This is me putting you into the belly of a Soundsuit. It's me grabbing you by the hand and saying 'let's jump into the Soundsuit.'"
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The show is on view through Sept 4.

Old and new: a vintage Zanesville treasure I found a few years ago (L) and a new piece I made this week (R).
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Glaze is magic. Okay, it's science...but look at those colors! I only used two glazes; the floating blue separates on top of a more stable glaze (the pink color is rosy dawn).

Bella!

Another piece in progress: a bowl with half and half glaze: ron roy white and noxema (deep blue). With a tiny slice of brown clay between the two. It's amazing how the colors don't show until they're in the kiln. I can't wait to see how this one comes out.
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I forgot to take a picture - I also made four small spoons tonight!

Today I used shellac for the first time (!!) on this white clay teacup. I'm also excited about the teacup - this is the third one I've made and they get better (and bigger) each time.
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By painting shellac onto bone dry (not yet bisque fired) clay, the shellac protects the clay from moisture. Then, using a wet sponge, the clay around the shellacked design is gently removed. This leaves a raised design. The shellac disappears in the bisque firing, so you're left with a great design. Now to decide on which glaze to use...

Another set. I've always wanted matching soy sauce bowls for sushi, so I made some using the 'off the hump' method. That's when there is a big clump of clay on the wheel and then you make a small bowl on top of it, cut it off, and then use the clay below to make another bowl.

The bowls I shared earlier this summer are finished! These are brown clay, white slip, blue celadon glaze, cone 6 (electric) fired. The insides remind me of clouds.
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Making pairs/sets of art is satisfying for me - it's very cool to go through the challenge of doing something the same way twice...or more! It's not always easy.

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