Thursday, May 17, 2012
A request by my brother-out-law to make whiskey cups inspired by "jack sprat" vases and including the text "I keep hearing shots" and/or "my brain is a barrel of monkeys" resulted in these cups. I had some problems with the black underglaze, which was applied on bisque-ware into grooves scratched into leather-hard clay, moving and causing the glaze to crawl a bit. The result is therefor trickier to read but perhaps representative of ones ability to read after a few shots of whiskey.
|Jack Sprat and his Wife vases|
In working on upgrading my photo-doc-ing set-up I bought a proper graduated background. I couldn't find any in Australia so I ordered one online from the States. It is a "Flotone Graduated Background - 43x63" - Thunder Gray ", which is vinyl rather than paper and should be harder wearing (although revies say it scratches easily). When it arrived today I was surprised at how big it was - I must have been thinking in centimeters instead of inches when I decided to go for this size rather than the smaller one. The larger one will allow more flexibility, but sheesh, it is a bit awkward to handle. I masking-taped it to a folded up step-ladder on top of the dining table and threw a white curtain over one of the windows. The next steps are making a light tent and getting some proper bulbs.