Thursday, December 9, 2010

Turning a journal page into a Clay Painting

Ever since our trip this summer to San Francisco, I've been toying with what to do with my sketches.  I like some of them enough that I'd like to see them come to life in another medium, and so I recently decided to do some Clay Paintings.  I've only done one; this is my first experiment with it.  You can read about this sketch here, as the original drawing, or here as the mixed media painting on birch panel.  The dimensions are roughly 9"x9"x3", made out of stoneware clay, and she was fired 3 or 4 times to play with the glazes.  I took her out of the kiln yesterday, and she kept me awake last night, thinking of how to finish her off.  I painted her with ceramic underglazes, and mostly I was happy with the results after all the firings, but I just couldn't help myself and had to add some acrylic paint and colored pencil.  What do you think of her? I am trying to decide if this is something I want to keep pursuing...  Perhaps I will do a couple more and then review them as a whole.

I've been running the kiln almost nonstop, trying to get some pieces to completion, and I've burned myself out a bit.  I'm taking a break from all the glazing and firing, and getting my hands back into the wet clay.  I'll be posting some of the new pieces over the next couple of weeks.

Hope everyone is well and getting ready for the holiday!  I still have some shopping to do...



  1. Kelly, she's beautiful! How did you get the image on the clay?

  2. Hi Jenny! I very gently traced the major elements onto wet clay and then carved out the design. I filled those grooves with dark gray paint to make it look like more like drawn lines...
    Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Beautiful Kelly. I have a lot of sketches waiting to be put on clay or collage painting but as you know our minds go faster than our hands. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is super interesting to me because it's something I've never seen. I find it very exciting to see somebody willing to experiment and figure out... what if?? What if I try this?

    Keep going girl! I'm excited to see what's coming next. (Do you know what the word verification is for this comment? "Famers"

    It's a sign!

  5. Hey Kelly ... I really like this idea!
    It's amazing the things you can do with clay. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Don't stop!! She is amazing, and such a unique art form--I can't get over all of the talent that I'm finding on this internet!!

  7. I love the texture the clay brings to the drawing. I definitely think you should keep going in this direction.

  8. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I just spent some time looking at yours and you are an amazing artist. Everything is just so beautiful.