Looking Viral

Last week was the deadline to enter a piece into the Student/Faculty Art Show. I entered a grouping of 4 orbs under the title “Corona Coven” which wasn’t terribly original. I’m pretty sure there are going to be several coronavirus themed entries. One woman has been working on a weaving that incorporates nitrile gloves cut into strips (powder blue, purple, and Pepto-Bismol pink). She was still frantically working on it last week (the weaving instructor is in my ceramics class). I’m anxious to see the finished product and I do hope she completed it in time.

     

The 4 orbs above are the grouping I put together. The first is a white stoneware clay body glazed in Royal Blue with Super T on the projections. The second is the Coronavirus that was delayed by the coronavirus. It is glazed in Alfred’s White with red enamel (Precious Moments) “room temperature glaze”. The third is a white stoneware body glazed in Gold Shino with Megan’s Blue applied on the spikes. Megan’s Blue is a new formulation that mimics the old and discontinued Chun Blue (one of my favorites that contained Barium making it unsafe for food). The old was very high gloss. The new formulation is slightly less shiny, but still pools nicely in any depressions making it a good choice to highlight any texture or pattern. The last one is a white stoneware clay glazed in Phil’s Celadon with spots of Reitz Green glaze. The individual titles are (in order): Norovirus, Coronavirus, Small Pox virus, Influenza virus.  I’m happy with the way they turned out, especially since the potential for breakage was very high! Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope the judge is impressed!

33 thoughts on “Looking Viral

    1. I’m tickled that you think so!! Viruses are not among the “beautiful” in the opinion of many right now… I have a feeling that my entry will be in the back corner in shadows. I’ll have to see at the opening! The judge might have another opinion!

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    1. Thanks Kim! That first one is a real beauty. The glaze turned out better than I could have hoped and it got just the right amount of reduction in the kiln to make the Super-T turn a lovely mottled blue and green! I’m hoping the judge is likewise impressed….

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  1. Many years ago, when i first knew you on xanga, and saw your ceramic work, I had thought they looked like viruses, as seen with the electron microscopy. Your work is amazing Val.

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    1. Oh thank you! I guess I’ve gone through some phases – pollen, fungus, parasites, coccoliths, and now viruses… It was only a matter of time before I got around to the viruses!!

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    1. Thanks Ann! I’m so pleased that you like them… Art is very subjective and we never know who will be judging. Sometimes it is an artist (of some renown) and sometimes it is an academic or an art curator. Depending on the judge they may skew toward 2-D work, fiber art, instillations, abstract or figurative… Time will tell!

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    1. No kiln. It is expensive to do high fire (requires a gas kiln instead of a little electric). I have a craft room but due to the carpet, it isn’t suitable for clay work. Perhaps someday I’ll have a studio space and a small electric kiln (they are smaller and I could manage one installed on a cement slab for fire regulations) and work with low fire clay…

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  2. ‘The second is the Coronavirus that was delayed by the coronavirus.’ hahaha
    All the best. The individual names are perfect. They will be impressed for sure.

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    1. I hope so. I was informed last night that they are in the process of setting up the show – and my orbs are on a lighted pedestal in a prominent place. That bodes well! I’ve got my fingers crossed! (this year they announced that the winners would receive monetary awards!)

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  3. My favorite is the smallpox virus… I love the texture of the orb and the drama of the spikes! I’m thinking about trying to make a quilt top with all my fancy face masks once things get back to normal.

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    1. Hehe! Small pox is no one’s favorite… I suppose in the larger scheme the small pox isn’t too bad since it has nearly been eradicated!! I don’t think you are alone in planning to repurpose the masks…. Me, I’m holding onto most of them – I plan on wearing them when it is flu season or I have a cold (which I haven’t had for the last 2 years). It is amazing what a mask will do to prevent the common cold and allergies!!

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  4. Really relateble I just started my own travel blog and then covid hit and I could not travel anymore from my country. No travel planning for me at all … 😦

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