First Term Finally is over ....Christmas is near

I do not Love you...

"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
In secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way.
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep."

by Pablo Neruda
So this will be my last post of the year. I wish to you all a wonderful Christmas in company of friends and family. PS: this drawing was inspired by Neruda Poem, I scan it and add colour with Adobe Illustrator program. One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII, There are so many poems Pablo Neruda wrote in his time that speak to me. I have so many of his which are my favourite--but this one is one of the few on my highest. It always gives me goosebumps literally!!! Such an intense soul!!! Hope you like it. Merry Christmas

Ohh Illustrator of mine

Playing with Adobe Illustrator this couple of days, I think I´m not very good at it 

Platinum is my bling

I wanted to try to give a little bit more glamour to my samples so I decided to try add some metallic lustres to the high spots. 

Platinum lustre, comes in a dark, viscous liquid which is painted onto the fired piece. The pot is then fired again to about 850ยบ C and the liquid is burned off, leaving a very thin layer of platinum behind. I can say that this It's expensive to buy.

I also purchase a purple and amber lustre and a thinner to help ideal for thinning and cleaning spills and brushes. I had some issues with the purple lustre since it didn't brighten up enough. So during my research I realized that this lustre its not compatible with my clear glaze. I made this clear glaze specially for this paper clay panels. I wanted a semi-mate clear glaze just to give a touch of shine on my pieces but since its not shine enough the purple lustre doesn't work very well. so I need to rethink the recipe or use a ready made clear glaze.

This one has Platinum and purple lustre, it looks really pretty, the photo doesn’t really do it justice.

Making a PaperClay Bowl

Cellulose and Porcelain Paper-clay, I add 5% of turquoise stain to some of the paper clay to build the walls

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