In this series textural slips are burnished to a metal like finish without the use of glazes to achieve the seeming alchemy of clay into metal.
The process of mark-making imitates the quick, rhythmic strokes of the metal worker.
Some surfaces have the hard glint of polished metal while others are softened by time-worn dents & scratches.
Forms hint at traditional shapes but are precise with taut edges and clean lines. I envisage these metallic shimmers evolving into rusted and bronzed patinas in different colourations as the series develops.
In this series I wanted to achieve the shimmer of worn, beaten metal but without the use of glazes. The slip was applied in layers, fired, sanded to reveal the underlying layers of subtle colouration and finally polished.