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This terra cotta sculpture, called “HOPE" was made at the studio of Stephanie Osser, a collaboration with my former student Jamaal Eversley. With Covid, Jamaal had to finish it with acrylic paint. HOPE was exhibited during the 2 months of the Boston Exhibit called “ Real Friends” summer 2020.
Stephanie decorated this porcelain plate using Amaco Velvet underglazes on both unfired porcelain and touched up on bisque (left image). She over-painted Amaco HF-9 Zinc-Free Clear (at least 3 coats in the center to make it pool into the recessed parts of the image, so it is flat to the touch like émail ombrants technique). The plate rim is a shallow bas-relief so two coats of clear were sufficient there. She fired it to cone 6 (right).
In ceramics, clays with added aggregate are free formed or molding into shapes that are slowly dried and fired in a kiln. The process requires much skill.
Making of the HOPE sculpture