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Any commission is welcome and often very important. This commission for a plaque based on the K of Klaucke and the waves of the original plaque was excepted just before Christmas - actually early December. I was hesitant due to December having a history of processes not delivering the required results - things going awry - and now an opportunity to impress a serious art collector - stress and yes…..you can guess!
The above tile, the second and last of two, has cracked. Right at the beginning when I conceptualized the making of the tile with the client, the idea was to make three horizontal tiles with the top edge just above the waves. But, it is Christmas time, I am overly confident and because of a recent success decided to opt for a single tile …. why … why?
The end result is that I must remake the tile, two again, just in case….!
At least the colour coordination has been developed, a process that took a multitude of tests and firings over a period of four weeks. The glazes being used here are extremely volatile, but so beautiful and so perfect for the position where it will be installed.
The house was designed by Andrew Greeff Architects, a spectacular modular house with a man-made stream flowing through it, and it is above an overflow to a Koi pool that this tile must be installed.
The final firing will be with 22 carat gold lustre that will be fired onto the waves, just to add that last traces of opulence and aristocracy!
The intuitive responses to the clay is what provide me with the passion to create “artworks” like these, it is so much fun but at the same time extremely stressful when the artist works against deadlines that looms like a dark storm gathering on the horizon!