Exhibiting at the Cornelius Arts Center

I’ve an exhibit installed at the Cornelius Arts Center. The opening is Friday, March 25th. All the work I put into this really payed off! I had been stressing so much while making this work. Too much coffee and too much worrying. In the end it all came out well!
I’m exhibiting with Patricia Steele-Raible. Her paintings go very well with my work!
I am also preparing for my show in NYC next week. I’m not as anxious now that I have jumped this exhibition hurdle!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 24, 2011

“Chaos, Control, Chaos, Control. You like? You like?”

This is a line from the wonderful movie ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing play art dealers selling a double sided Kandinski painting. They flip it front and back repeating, “Chaos, Control, Chaos, Control. You like? You like?”
I’m trying some more free form shapes to see if they work well with the crater glazes. I know these are not drastically different from the more controlled angularity of the shapes on the right there’s just enough looseness to show a difference. I think of these as clay sketches.
Sometimes I wonder if forms like these benefit more from smooth surfaced glazes rather than textured glazes. I’ll have to glaze several differently to compare. What do you all think?

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 22, 2011

Looser forms

I’m gradually playing around with more fluid, loosely shaped forms for the crater glazes. This is a basic cylinder/funnel type form that was twisted towards the top 1/3. I thickly applied the crater glaze so it would flow and be somewhat reminiscent of lava or hot glass. My question to y’all is what do you think? Does it work? Does a more fluid form work with this type of glaze? Enquiring minds want to know!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 17, 2011

Volcanic vessel

This form, for some unknown reason, reminds me of a volcano. Maybe somewhat of a Mount Fuji against a lake so the bottom portion is the reflection. I’ve had to refire this because the first firing the glaze was too thick and flowed onto the foot. I filed off the overflow glaze and refired it to melt the filed off surface so it doesn’t look like it was filed. It worked!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 14, 2011

Flower bricks

I love flower bricks! Their origin, at least what I’m familiar with, comes from the Dutch. They made vases shaped like a brick and about the same size, put some holes in the top to hold flowers, then glazed them with a majolica type glaze and decorated them with a cobalt pigment that when fired became known as Delft blue.
So I am greatly inspired by these forms and created my own version of a contemporary flower brick!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 13, 2011

Mustard vase

Here’s another angular styled vase that I used the textured glazes on. So what do you all think about using simple shapes and forms for these types of glaze surfaces? Do you think they are good combinations or do you think the forms ought to be more detailed and complex? Enquiring minds want to know!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 4, 2011

Another good piece

Here’s a much taller piece that has a great color combo and good glaze flow. I really like using simple shapes to compliment these glazes and colors. Scandinavian design is the biggest source of inspiration for me when it comes to form. The surface tends to be from natural sources-bark, lichen, moss, coral, and flower petals. Sometimes I wonder if I ought to try more complicated forms so I may try a few and see how they turn out. Tomorrow I’m setting up the exhibition at the Cornelius Arts Center. Once that’s set up I’m preparing for NYC.

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 3, 2011

new colors developing

I’ve been working with color development this past month. Combining color combinations to see if I can get depth and complexity in the surface. I’m loving some of the results! These forms are kept simple so the glaze can be enjoyed without having to compete for attention with the form.

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New work emerging!

Here’s the latest in glaze firing successes! I’m quite pleased with how this turned out. I particularly love the pink/chartreuse combo and organic surface quality of this glaze!
I’m glaze firing daily now so more will come!

Posted in Inspiration by Michael Hamlin-Smith on March 1, 2011

Overly enthusiastic glaze application

Sometimes I feel like Goldilocks at the three bears cottage. I either apply my glaze too thin and it looks awful or I apply it too thick and it comes out looking like these three pieces! No matter how many times I record the application process there’s always one or two kiln loads that just suck! Fortunately, I have a dremel tool with diamond encrusted cutting tools and a great grinding wheel!

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