Since my clay pieces are drying today I went to the foundry to ram up some resin sand molds for iron, brass, bronze, and aluminum castings.
Im finished working in wet clay now because clay can take a long time to dry in the damp rain forest climate at San Bao. This residency included a short amount of time for building however Im excited for the next phase of decaling and glazing. The experience of having days of uninterrupted focused work time has been exceptional.
Rows and rows of glaze options at the glaze shop. Buying glaze here is simar to buying lumber at a lumber yard. Customers write down the glaze number and how many bottles they would like and then an employee at the front desk will fill the order.
Today I made parts for larger pieces/installations and set them out on the balcony to dry on the sun.
San Bao is surrounded by beautiful mountains and I found these rocks on one of my hikes. After adding clay memory chips and usb drives we took these specimens to the mold maker to make slip casting molds. I'm excited to get the molds back tomorrow.
Fossils of the Future- Memory Series. A few specimens made in order to try out the new porcelain clay body I'm using while in China.
Eleanor Heimbaugh Fossils of the Future-Bathroom Products Floor Specimen 24"x57"x24" Ceramic and Wood 2015
I used Gerstley Borate and Alumina on my line blends and fired them to 08 and 04 since that is the range I’ve been firing my work two. If I were to do a color blend I would use the tester number three from the right 80 Gerstley and 20 Alumina. The glaze on tester number three was mature but not runny. Testers four through nine from the right did not mature and are still powdery.
Coiling Sedimentation- An Interactive Wet Clay Installation, Participants are invited to place press molded clay artifacts that may be found in the future in the installation and then cover them with coiled sediment, 144x24x12 inches, Wet Clay installed on Fort Hays State University Campus, 2015
This collection of small specimens is composed of powdered and wet clay on a gridded wooden board. The piece changes over time as the clay dries.
Eleanor Heimbaugh, Fossils of the Future Collection, 14"x72"x10", Ceramic, Steel, Flocking, and Wooden Shelf, 2015
This piece is built on a wooden base with a steel wire armature on top that glue covered paper is wrapped around. This is a great way to make large and light weight sculptures.