First solo exhibition!

I’ve been super busy lately working on some pieces that need to be ready in two weeks…two weeks!!! I didn’t realize the little time I have just until now.
This is my last semester in college and, fortunately, I will be able to have a solo exhibition before I leave. On Monday, I finally got some of the pieces for this exhibition out of the kiln from the bisque fire. You have no idea how excited, happy and pleased I was when I saw that all of them had survived. You see, part of my process is having my pieces to be as thin as possible, this makes them to be more fragile when they get to the bone dry stage. Any unwanted movement can literally turn them into dust (just so you know, I tend to exaggerate sometimes), since they have lost all the moisture.
Well, now I can get to the next step: the glazing and second fire, so that I can keep working on them afterwards. I get super excited just to imagine how they will turn out. Needless to say, I need to be ready for anything because clay is so unpredictable; and let me tell you, I learned that the hard way.

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He estado súper ocupada últimamente trabajando en algunas piezas que necesitan estar listas en dos semanas…¡¡¡dos semanas!!! Creo que hasta ahorita que lo escribo me doy cuenta del poco tiempo que me queda.
Éste es mi último semestre en la universidad y, afortunadamente, antes de irme podré tener una exhibición personal. El lunes por fin salieron de la primera quema mis piezas para esta exhibición; y no saben que complacida, feliz y emocionada me sentí al ver que todas sobrevivieron. Verán, parte de mi proceso es que las piezas estén lo más delgadas posible, esto hace que al estar completamente secas –estado de hueso– antes de hornearse, sean mucho mas frágiles. Cualquier golpe o movimiento en falso podría convertir las piezas literalmente en polvo (sí, tiendo a exagerar un poco, solo para que sepan), pues ya han perdido toda la humedad.
Ahora lo que sigue: el glaseado y la segunda quema, para después seguir trabajando en ellas. Me emociona el tan solo imaginarme como quedarán. Eso sí, debo estar preparada para lo que sea porque el barro es muy impredecible, y eso lo he aprendido a la mala.

Here are the pieces right after I threw them on the wheel.

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Aquí unas fotos de las piezas justo después de haber sido modeladas en el torno.

Below, the pieces are washed and ready to be glazed once they’re dry. If there is something every potter/ceramist should know, is that every piece must be clean before being glazed, because dust is glazes’ worst enemy.

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Aquí las piezas lavadas y listas para ser cubiertas de esmalte una vez secas. Si hay algo que todo ceramista debe saber, es que toda pieza se tiene que lavar súper bien antes de ser glaseada, pues el polvo es el peor enemigo de los esmaltes.

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4 responses to “First solo exhibition!

  1. They are all so beautiful!
    I took a class many moons ago in junior high school & loved it but also know how much work goes into each piece….
    Congratulations and good luck at your first solo exhibittion(:
    Con

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