2021 The News
2021 The News was hand-built with slabs of clay. It was first fired in an electric kiln to reach a temperature of about 1900 degrees. Since ferrous oxide is noxious the second firing was done outside in a gas raku kiln. When the temperature reaches about 1800 degrees, the gas is turned off and the piece is removed from the kiln while red hot. The ferrous oxide is rapidly sprayed on when the piece is cooled to the correct temperature. Too hot or too cool and it either burns off or turns nearly black instead of the beautiful rust brown color.
2021 The News was created with a lid to symbolize there is a lot that goes into what we hear. The center of the piece represents the actual news - what we are being told on a daily basis...the color of rust represents how everything in the news reports is about decay - whether it is Covid related, foreign affairs, being cancelled...it goes on and on and on...
Materials: Raku clay and ferrous oxide
Size: 19.5" x 13.75" x 3.25"