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(Sarah on the subject of spontaneous versus linear creation)
Even more, my method is fraught with madness. I'm a very chaotic artist who fares best—and creates best—when able to metaphorically go back and forth, up and down, in and out, and even sideways when creating a piece. It's very difficult for me to think linearly, to think in terms of fixed procedural steps to accomplish a finished piece. Yet this is what underglazing is all about—starting at Point A and then following a specific sequence to Point Z. Many of the fixed nonnegotiable steps have been a big trip circuit for me because I create so much "in the moment" that I literally cannot see the road ahead of me—so I end up stuck in a lot of dead ends. But with the application of overglaze I now have the ability to teleport my creativity anywhere I want it to go; I can glaze as messily as I create!
(Sarah on the need for control over the process)
But perhaps more pivotal, I'm a painter who prefers a high degree of control in what I want to achieve (insanely so it could be argued). It's that whole OCD thing. I become stressed and hesitant when I feel too much control is relinquished to the media, especially when so much time and energy has already been invested in getting a piece to that point.Sarah and I have worked together for years now, and I still remember being quite surprised by the realization that she worked in such a chaotic fashion. I suspect that many who are familiar with the precision with which she captures the equine form, and the level of detail she employs, would find her wide-open approach rather unexpected. I sure did!
|Before firing, the mixes that make this guy's pink nose and his shell-colored feet look the same.|
|Here we are setting up shop at our temporary work stations in Sarah's studio|
|"Heterozygoats - Allele uneven"|
|My special collection of Boise Emergency Room wristbands|
|A lot of promotional materials had the QR Codes for cell phones|
|Masak Pottery personalized plate|
|Joanie's Oliver, Chutney, and mine, Mudhengie|
|Normally these must be ordered in large quantities|
|Even I cannot come up with an plausible explanation for this color...|
|The quality of images had me coveting Sarah's iPhone|
|There was something vaguely horrifying about seeing Sarah remove this guy's eye|
|Where is that bottle of Smoke Gray again?|