It probably comes as no surprise that I try to get as much mileage out of various designs/ decoration as is possible. It has absolutely nothing to do with being lazy, rather the truth is that coming up with good designs that work well on my forms is not a walk in the park so to speak; for every design that works there certainly are quite a number of missteps. When it comes to the carved decoration that I do, it is a simple transition to go from terra cotta and black slip to porcelain and black slip as the technique works across the board in relation to various clays and slips. It only makes sense that a design like the scimitar grasses would work in black and white and create a much different visual than that of the rich terra cotta and black. Though the porcelain and terra cotta fire to much different temperatures I usually make a group of eight to ten of each so that once I get carving I stay in the groove and kill two birds with one stone.
"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short." William Shakespeare (Othello)