The arabesque lines begin with intuitive, fluid, gestures that express the natural arcs of my drawing process. After the initial marks are established, continued sharping of these lines determines the character of the marks. The pieces in this series strive to bridge the initial spontaneous and improvisational shapes with the deliberate and the considered.
The sequential firing process enables a vivid color foundation. After the initial firings, a multilayer overlay using engobes is applied. The drawing is then carved through this final surface. This work requires a course stoneware clay formula that can endure multiple firings up to 2300 Fahrenheit.
Source references for these pieces include Islamic tile motifs, automatic drawing, and the ancient utilization of clay as a material to record.