here are some shots of work in progress and completed new work. I am using cone 5 smooth body bmix. I went through a period of trying a bunch of cone 5 porcelain clay bodies and I did have some even results. I have found with my process, manhandling, the porcelain wasn't going to work, there was too much loss and too much frustration - literally coming apart at the seams! I can say it's also the lack of patience and skill by the user, no doubt! For pumping out a steady stream of functional ware, the bmix is so stout, so predictable, with enough elegance in it's final color, a smooth enough body for the detail...it's a workhorse. In fact, the vanilla color of the clay body adds that little somptin' somptin' to the nostalgic flavor I'm looking for! Still the porcelain is wringing in my ears.
favorite tool; a tiny exacto!
The best part is when I happen to get the clay at it's most perfect leather-ness - drawing at that perfect time is absolute bliss...a million tiny lines. I need to get out the house a bit more.