Jennifer C Vigil

Attended Lana Wilson Workshop

Jennifer attended Lana Wilson’s hand built teapot work shop at Artifacts Studio Jan. 26-27.  It was great.  Lana shared her unique textured slab building techniques.

Here is one of the teapots I made at the workshop. The workshop was amazing.  It really helped me loosen up my forms.

The technique that Lana uses to get these rich colored surfaces is surprisingly simple but creates wonderful results.  We started with 1/4 in. thick soft slabs (I used Laguna Cone 5 B-Mix clay) and applied 3 layers of underglazes (one may use colored slips instead) letting each layer dry until shine is gone.  We experimented with patterns and abstract designs.  Then sgraffito designs we carved into the surface.  What makes the sgraffito patterns “pop” is rolling the slab to stretch the design and reveal the layers of color at the edges of the carved lines.

I am excited about the new work that I made during and after the workshop. To see more of my recent work, come see my table at the upcoming Southern Arizona Clay Artists ceramic sale at Tohono Chul Feb. 22-23.

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