When you fire books covered in clay slip, you are rewarded with some amazing textures. The first pieces are from a paperback that I cut in half before coating and firing. The bottom clay piece is a composition notebook that I worked slip through and then fired with a base that ended up cracking in the kiln. At this point these clay pieces are destined to be used with encaustics. Still working with small studies to get a feel for where I want this to go. For now you can see the way I am carefully pulling the fired books apart to get to all the textures hidden in the inside. They are vey fragile and would never be able to be shipped anywhere in their present state, so combining them with encaustics will give the pieces stability. Now it remains to be seen how long it will take me to find my way through this part of the process. Once I create some finished pieces I will post them here.
paperback book piece and detail
Fired composition notebook-base cracked in firing
Composition book pulled apart and turned over to check out the textures
Details of inside textures