Monday, June 30, 2014

Jimmy & Zac

I painted this plate as a wedding gift for two of my best friends in the whole wide world, illustrator Jimmy Malone and fine artist/teacher Zac Lawhon. I wanted to make something to commemorate their marriage that could look pretty on a wall if they wanted but could also be utilitarian. I included images of them as well as images and symbols that remind me of them, including MICA pre-college lanyards from the summer we all met.
To make this I went to a paint-your-own-pottery place for the first time since I was a kid. It was a lot of work but I had so much fun doing this! There is something so gratifying about painting all these layers of glaze and not knowing quite what it will look like, then having it fired and seeing everything in its smooth, fully-saturated glory. I fully intend to go back and paint some more pottery. Someone should commission me to paint a commemorative plate!