but, we are a captive audience of standardized icons and story lines!? What to do?? Tell it new.? Show it fresh.? What else could we ever authentically do?? Tricky parts: trusting that, trusting that, trusting that.
I’m reminded of drawings that my daughters did in their early childhood.? Such conviction and surety (and purity!) in those portraits.
I’m reminded of a few of the earliest raku Buddhas I made and realize now, that it might be a good idea to revisit that squishy, likeness-free realm!
I love using the “naked raku” technique of firing.? The surface of the raw clay is coated with a thin layer of slip (known as terra sigillatta), which is then burnished smooth with a soft cloth.? The surface is glowing but not shiny; truly reminiscent of a skin-like quality that I love.? Lately I’ve been experimenting with colorations added to the terra sig.? And I especially love this blue.? Though light in shade , it’s no baby blue, but rather something smoked and crackled and lined just as any aged face ought to reveal.