Sue Levin: Fish Shakers
Every piece I create is unique. And for a short while I named every one of them. Until my obsession making work outstripped my naming endurance. Anyway, each piece is pretty personal. One customer remarked when buying a pair of shakers that it was more like an adoption than purchase.
In terms of firing and clay bodies, I mid fire my pieces, working with porcelain, a thick dark clay body called Cassius and a gorgeous speckled, sparkly brown clay named Dixon. Mid fire offers a wonderful mix of strength and brightness. .
As far as what I put onto the work, for color I sometimes use underglaze. On top I apply clear glaze. Or no glaze at all. My goal, always, is to expose each creature’s personality and aura, to let it shine versus covering it up.