Diamonds in diamonds in clay
Diamonds in diamonds in clay describes most of the raku fired artwork by Eric Stearns. It all begins when he starts to pierce the clay. Each damp piece is mapped out into a grid and then four cuts from a sharp knife reveal the outline of each diamond shape. After all of the cuts have been made, the clay is allowed to slowly dry. Only then do the cut-out diamond shapes get removed.
Vase marked with grid lines ready to be pierced
A vase marked with grid lines ready to be pierced by Eric Stearns. Each piece gets marked with at least 40 to 80 lines both horizontally and vertically to create a grid that will divide the piece for Stearns to create a pattern of pierced diamonds, triangles or rectangles.
Diamonds & Rectangles Pierced Platter
Diamonds & Rectangles in this work-in-progress shows the contrast of shapes Eric Stearns uses to create drama in his raku platters. After the platter is bisque fired, Stearns will use graphic design tape to mask certain areas for added interest with glazes.
Cast-offs from piercing pots
Once a piece by Eric Stearns is ready to bisque fire, these cast-offs from piercing pots can be found in neat piles on his work surface. Some vessels with narrow tops might wind up with a few of these cast-offs trapped inside – remaining even through the entire firing process, which adds a bonus rattle when gently moved.