Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Plaques and Improvements

So, I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I was able to finish a record 60 plaques in just 8 studio days! And though this was definitely a rush job, the quality of the tiles was in no way compromised.

Actually, the opposite is true. I believe the plaques are getting better with each firing. I have a lot fewer “duds” – tiles that just don’t work for one reason or another. Warping seems to be under control. The patterns and line-work are stronger. And most glaze problems have been resolved.
For me, these tiles are a way to experiment with pattern, texture, and color. Because of this, even the “duds” are important. By studying them, I’m able to evaluate what works and what doesn’t; learn from my mistakes. I’m happy the success rate it up!

I’ve been making these plaques for 4 years now. People often ask how long I will continue to make new ones. And the answer is the same for all my work. I will continue to make them as long as I feel challenged creatively and I see room for growth and improvement. When I get bored or dread the process, it’s time to move on to something new.

Happy Creating!


cookingwithgas said...

best of luck for your time away and I love taking in all the variety in these tiles! I would love to see how you mount them.
Do you make the wooden pieces or do you have someone else make them?

Meagan Chaney said...

Yes, I do all the wood and metal work as well.

I use screws and 100% silicone to asseble the Plaques. I'll have to write a post with the details when I get back home. Thanks for the suggestion!

Patricia Griffin said...

These look great. CURVE (and the customers!) are going to love 'em!