Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sometimes Failure Is The Only Option

There are consequences to impatience.

This is a plate I carved.

What is it?

It's this:

I've been a little obsessed with the heart recently, so I decided to carve the arteries of the heart onto plates. To get a strong relief feeling to the carving, I tend to start with a thick plate and carve away at it. That's fine, usually, but this time I got impatient and tried to dry the thick plate too quickly.

Goddamn it. One side of the plate was slightly thinner than the other and the thinner side dried more quickly and pulled at the thicker, slower drying side.

That's just a back view of the crack.

Not repairable, sadly, though I may fire it anyway to see if there's any more to this lesson.

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