One of the benefits to working as Chris Gustin's studio assistant is access to the wood kiln. Having a regular place to create wood fired work is always something that energizes me and my work. The kiln is quite large, and thus is only fired twice a year, however. What this has meant for me is having to create a new way to finish my work outside of the wood kiln. Having worked in our small studio in Mexico gave me plenty of experience finishing my work using only an electric kiln; looks like I am back to my old tricks. The electric kiln gives me a great chance to work with color, something I certainly enjoy.
These works are all terra cotta with a porcelain slip and mason stain for the color. I fire the terra cotta at the high end of its range, cone 4, and waxed the surfaces with a mixture of beeswax and paraffin to give the pieces a "still wet" look. This simple detail really helps to make these surfaces luscious.