Mantua Ladies Gallery and Statement

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The Mantua Ladies: 2015-2017 series

The Mantua Ladies continue as a compelling challenge.

The task of integrating mixed media such as 100% cotton lace and cotton sheeting, string, nails and many surface media such as under and over glaze, decals and then multiple firings, now pales in difficulty as I search for ways to make my work relevant.

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Materials/process
The Mantua Ladies are created in cone 10 stoneware clay called WSO by Laguna Clay; However, more recently I have incorporated WSO into a home made clay with nylon and paper mixed in.

I hand build from the bottom up and let the slump and hardening of the clay dictate the form. I start with an intuitive idea and then work it into existent.

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I usually use a Chinese porcelain veneer over the stoneware when it is in the green ware stage of drying and then apply slips with stains on top of the porcelain, but recently am discovering Amaco Velvets. I then fire to bisque and apply a clear lead crackle and fire to cone 10 and sometimes use an addition layer of china paint at cone 018.

Overall the dimensions of these works is 27 by 17 inches.

I have included some process shots

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Daphne. 26 x 17 inches. Slips, engobes, underglazes, Lace and laed crackle. Nails, nylon and paper. Available. Link to Shop 2015
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Daphne. 26 x 17 inches. Slips, engobes, underglazes, Lace and laed crackle. Nails, nylon and paper. Available. Link to Shop 2015
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Process shot of “Daphne”. 2015
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Mia: 26 x 17 inches. Stoneware with porcelain slip. Engobes, underglazes and lead crackle., and decals2015. Available. Link to shop
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Mia: 26 x 17 inches Hand build stoneware with porcelain slip. Engobes, underglazes and lead crackle. and decals. 2015. Available.View art in shop
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Eugénie de Montijo. 27 x 17 handbuild stoneware with nylon and paper. Porcelain slip with china paint and lace. Available in shop. Link
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Eugénie de Montijo. 27 x 17 handbuild stoneware with nylon and paper. Porcelain slip with china paint and lace. Available in shop. Link
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Astra. 26 x 12 inches. Hand built stonware with nylon paper, lace nails porcelain slip and lead crackle. 2015 Available in shop. link
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Astra. 26 x 12 inches. Hand built stonware with nylon paper, lace nails porcelain slip and lead crackle. 2015 Available in shop. link
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Anne. 26 x 17. Hand built porcelain, pressed lace for design in clay. cobolt carb and lead crackle. Available in shop. Link 2015
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Anne. 26 x 17. Hand built porcelain, pressed lace for design in clay. cobolt carb and lead crackle. Available in shop. Link 2015
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Baby. 26 x 17 stoneware with underglaze. 2015, Private collection
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Baby. 26 x 17 stoneware with underglaze. 2015. Private collection
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3 Wyrds in progress. 2017
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3 Wyrds 26 x 10 inches stoneware and mixed media 2017
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Trivector. Earliest Mantua Lady. 2014. Handbuilt stonware. 24 x 15. In three pieces. Lead crackle and decals.
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Lady in a Blue Dress. 26 x 17 inches stoneware with paper and nylon. Lace and underglaze . 2015
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Lady in a Blue Dress. 26 x 17 inches stoneware with paper and nylon. Lace and underglaze . 2015
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Lady Cyclops. Early Mantua. 24 x 14 inces. Stoneware with lead crackle and decals 2014
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Sing a Song a Sixpence. Hand built and hand carved stoneware with paper, nylon, underglaze and lead crackle. 2015
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Sing a Song a Sixpence. Hand built and hand carved stoneware with paper, nylon, underglaze and lead crackle. 2015
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Seer. 24 x 18 inches. cone 5 strontium glaze with Amaco velvet underglazes. 2015 Available in shop. Link
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Seer. 24 x 18 inches. cone 5 strontium glaze with Amaco velvet underglazes. 2015 Available in shop. Link
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Jane Saymor: 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with nylon and paper. Impressed with lace. Amaco Velvet and lead crackle. Private collection. 2015
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Jane Saymor: 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with nylon and paper. Impressed with lace. Amaco Velvet and lead crackle. Private collection. 2015
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Agnès Sorel . 26 x 17. Stoneware with decals and lace. Amaco Velevet Underglaze. 2015. Exploded in bisque fire to 06.
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Agnès Sorel . 26 x 17. Stoneware with decals and lace. Amaco Velevet Underglaze. 2015. Exploded in bisque fire to 06.
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Triglav: Three faced Godess. 26 x 17 inches. Handbuilt stoneware with paper and nylon. Amaco Velevet Underglaze. late 2015. Available in shop. Link
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Triglav: Three faced Godess. 26 x 17 inches. Handbuilt stoneware with paper and nylon. Amaco Velevet Underglaze. late 2015. Available in shop. Link
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Hawk Lady with Shield. 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with paper and nylon string and wooden axe. Amaco Velvet Underglaze and lead overglaze. 2015. Available in shop. Link
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Hawk Lady with Shield. 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with paper and nylon string and wooden axe. Amaco Velvet Underglaze and lead overglaze. 2015. Available in shop. Link
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Hawk Lady with Shield. 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with paper and nylon string and wooden axe. Amaco Velvet Underglaze and lead overglaze. 2015. Available in shop. Link
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Jocasta. 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with nylon and paper. Painted underglaze, stains and lace. Private collection 2016
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Jocasta. 26 x 17 hand built stoneware with nylon and paper. Painted
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Ayawaska and Child In Progress 7/13/17