Sunday, February 21, 2010

Salty Mug



This coffee mug represents what I'm working on as of late. I like the tight form with splashed slip, followed by the loose brushwork and controlled scratching. In addition, the surface combination of the heavily salted claybody next to the matte tile 6 slip. The round shape mug is fairly new for me too. I think it compliments the natural arch shape the poured slip makes as it hits the surface of the pot. There's lots goin' on in this simple one pound mug. What do you think?

6 comments:

John said...

Kyle - there is a lot going on in this mug and I agree the elements seem pretty harmonious. I especially like the relationship between the handle and the top shapes of the slip. The handle attachments are perfect, too - something I struggle with.

Have you thought of drawing with wax to let some of the saltiness into the image area?

Kyle Carpenter said...

I've done a bit with wax, but usually over a flashing slip. I'll need to give it a try with the bare clay. Thanks for the comment!

JUDI TAVILL said...

LOve what is happening with the salt. Fabulous.

Lori Buff said...

The mug looks great and I do love the look of the handle but since many women hold a mug by placing all of their fingers in the handle (or under for support) I wonder if this will have a universal appeal for usefulness. Have a few women hold it to find out.
For beauty, you're right on.

Erik Haagensen said...

Kyle's got about five mug forms in this show...one for any hand! Check out the virtual exhibit video if you can't make it to Atlanta for the show...

http://www.mudfire.com/kyle-carpenter-2010.htm

John said...

Kyle - here's what I was thinking of: http://robertfreemanart.com/current.html#nogo

Bob does a great job of bringing the background color into the foreground and creating an interesting relationship - simultaneously flattening the image and expanding it.

It would be really interesting to see you break the picture plane and yet still keep the image going. I think Randy Johnston does it in his recent work - hand image is both foreground and background at same time...