Méi Series

These pieces are the most accessible and functional pieces I have made. I found simple forms and made 2- 3 part molds of them. I slip cast with a porcelain slip (wet) clay into the molds. They are fired to cone 10 in the electric kiln with a clear glaze. Afterwards, I apply decals, images made of ceramics glaze materials, on a sheet of coated paper, to the piece. Most pieces also receive a luster application. Luster is made up of metals, gold and platinum, in a suspension liquid that will allow it to stick and stay where applied when fired. The decal and luster is then fired to a lower temperature, cone 018, to finish the piece. Méi is the pinyin Mandarin Chinese word for small objects.