stain / chain by Fanny Penny

Making chain has become an obsession.  This is a cobalt chain I made from mason stained stoneware.  It was fired to cone 6 in my little electric kiln.  I begin the process by drying out stoneware in small chunks then blend the clay with mason stain in my kitchen blender.  I then dry the clay out to a workable consistency on plaster slabs covered with gauze.  The plaster helps to wick the moisture away from the clay body, and the gauze helps to ensure that no plaster dust winds up in the clay body.  

I'm a very process oriented artist.  I usually enjoy the process more than the end result.  That said, the results I'm getting are quite unique and exciting.  I guess in the case of the ceramic chain, I'm enjoying the result as much as the process.  

More to come!

 

 

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 The finished piece.  

The finished piece.  

 Building the links.

Building the links.

 Fresh out of the kiln.

Fresh out of the kiln.