Moving to RMW: the blog

Hot Out of the Kiln will no longer be updated. Any new artwork (including ceramics) will be posted on RMW: the blog (Formerly known as One Good Life in Los Angeles) from now on.

All three of my blogs, One Good Life in Los Angeles, One Good Life Travels and Hot Out of the Kiln, will all be under one umbrella from now on, RMW: the blog.

If you were already following One Good Life in Los Angeles you will not need to do anything, you will continue to be a follower. If you were only following Hot Out of the Kiln, please join me over on RMW: the blog and follow me over there.

I started Hot Out of the Kiln to give my ceramic art a focus. But since my kiln died I haven’t been able to produce any new work… and I feel the need to keep all my blogs under one roof now.

My focus is now on photography. I need to spend more time on getting my photos accepted by stock agencies or selling them as art.

During the past year I have started re-writing some of my short stories from the 1980s. My goal is to have my stories out there in the universe before I leave the planet.

And one of my stories has evidently decided to turn itself into a novel. I’m really enjoying letting the characters live their lives!

Photos and commentary about my travels will also continue to be posted over on the new blog… along with new and different stuff.

So I hope the old gang will come on over… and some new followers too!

Cheers, r

 

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Catalina Cats

catalina island cat tile

Hand-painted kiln-fired tile. 6×6 inches (15.24 x 15.24 cm)

After my recent trip to Catalina I was reminded about this tile I painted (circa 2008) of the tile fountain in Avalon with the Avalon Casino in the background.

The two cats in the foreground are Pharoah and the late Friday.

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Friday and Pharoah heart tiles

I painted these two heart-shaped tiles in 2006 in honor of Friday, my Tuxedo Cat and Pharoah, my Champagne Tabby Cat. The tiles measure about 7 inches across. They are hanging in my living room.

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Colors of spring cat tile tryptich

colors of spring catsFor those of you still suffering the slings and arrows of a cold winter, I give you the promise of SPRING!

This tile tryptich was painted in response to the members’ theme Colors of Spring for the Culver City Art Group Holiday Show a few years ago. At the time I was very much into painting cat portraits and having a lot of fun with patterns and the glaze colors.

colors of spring cat tiles

Colors of Spring, detail of tryptich. Glazed, kiln-fired ceramic tile. 4.25″ (10.8cm).

colors of spring cat tile

Colors of Spring, detail of tryptich. Glazed, kiln-fired ceramic tile. 4.25″ (10.8cm).

colors of spring cat tiles

Colors of Spring, detail of tryptich. Glazed, kiln-fired ceramic tile. 4.25″ (10.8cm).

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Come visit my hand-painted, kiln-fired ceramic tiles

darkflower tile
I will be at Artlife Gallery Thursday, Feb 7, noon to 6:00pm and Thursday, Feb 21 noon to 6:00pm displaying my hand-painted ceramic tiles. If you are in the neighborhood please drop by. Plaza El Segundo, El Segundo, CA, at 720 S Allied Way #B (Next to Veggie Grill). See you there!

(Design and photo copyright roslyn m wilkins)

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Out of the fire, into the frame

I originally posted this Sunday, December 11, 2011. This was the beginning of my new wave of hand-painted, kiln-fired ceramic tiles. Re-posted from my Art, Tiles and Mosaics blog.
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Springing into Life quartet
Hand-painted kiln-fired ceramic tiles
Four 4.25 inch (10.8cm) tiles. Framed: approx 10.5 inches (26.7cm)

I fired this set of tiles Friday night. I was able to open the kiln around 1:00pm when the kiln temp was down to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit (about 93 Celsius). The tiles were still too hot to touch so I had to place them in the frame with oven mitts. I was attending the Culver City Art Group holiday potluck in the evening and needed the pieces for the mini show.
Whenever we have a meeting (as opposed to an activity such as a gallery visit) the members can bring some artwork for the other attendees to vote on. Then once a year we add up the points and declare a winner.
As well as cats and scenes from my travels, I enjoy painting mandalas and abstracts. I am classifying this set of tiles as abstract. I used four different glazes of two coats each (Mayco Crystalite and Elements).
As I have mentioned before, ceramic tile painting has its frustrations. For me, the biggest one is not being able to see the colors before they are fired or how the glazes will behave in the firing process. This is also the delightful part. There are always surprises, both good and bad.
Although I like the idea of a quartet of tiles in one frame, once they came out of the oven I realized they would probably have been better in separate frames arranged next to each other, as each tile is like an individual painting. However, too late, as I did not have the required frames on hand.
Today I tried to pry the tiles out of the frame with a chisel and hammer but only succeeded in chipping the glaze and the frame. Fortunately, I was able to repair the damage. So I will have to leave these in the frame and paint a new set to be framed individually.
(Design and photo copyright roslyn m wilkins.)
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Another quartet of tiles show their colors

mother-earth-autumn-before-firing-600pxFriday, December 23, 2011

I am re-posting this blog post from my Art, Tiles and Mosaics website. I decided to consolidate my tile artwork into this blog and the other posts about art in general to my other blog One Good Life in Los Angeles.

The image above is how the bisque tiles looked before they were cooked in the kiln. As you can see, there is no indication of what the colors will look like or what shapes and textures the glazes will form. The fired tiles are below.

I can only look at color samples online which really means nothing other than giving me a basic idea of which glazes to put next to each other… or not. So when I am envisioning the end result I have only a very rudimentary idea in my head.

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Mother Earth Autumn
Hand-painted kiln-fired ceramic tiles
Four 4.25 inch (10.8cm) tiles in 6 inch (15.2cm) frames

Here are the tiles fired and framed.

Again, it would be great if there was some way of showing the luminosity and textures of these glazes on this blog. I guess that will have to wait until I can make a holograph.

As I am becoming a little more familiar with how these glazes will behave that end result is somewhat easier to control…. up to a point. As you can imagine, I had plenty of disasters when I first started using these glazes.

I haven’t quite decided how to frame these yet. My first set of four tiles I framed together and afterwards wished I had framed them separately (too late, they were cemented in place). I am going to play around with the framing of these.

I have to say I am pretty much pleased with this set of tiles. There is something about designing in fours that is very satisfying to me. I am tentatively calling these Squares within Squares 1-4. But maybe Universes within Universes is a more poetic title. You can decide.

Update: I have titled this set Mother Earth Autumn.

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