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   MY PEEPS, CERAMIC KILN PEEP-HOLE PLUG


  • This is a hand-built stoneware sculpture for a decorative ceramic peep hole plug. The peep or spy hole in the wall of a kiln is an aperture for observing the cones within the kiln used for assessing the proper kiln temperature.
  • This peep hole plug is designed to represent classic candy Peeps in the form of peeping chicks aligned in a candy box.
  • Its name is a wordplay on the slang term peeps, meaning buddies or friends, derived from the word people.
  • The work was created for the 2009 Skutt Pottery Kiln Peep Show competition, NCECA Conference, Phoenix, AZ: Awards finalist, 2009.
  • Construciton sequence: Fired to cone 06. Underglazes applied. Refired to cone 5/6. Mica applied to acrylic base for cold finishes.
  • Date: 2008.
  • Size: 3.26" x 3.0" x 2.0".
  • Sold. Available in new designs or designed to buyer's specifications on commission: Price $100.

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     CREATIVE PROCESS

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  • First firing is done at cone 06. Underglazing is applied to embellish the plug portion of the piece. The work is now ready for its refiring at cone 5/6.

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  • An acrylic base is applied to the chick surfaces.
  • Mica bits are imbedded into the wet acrylic to provide a faux sugar coating cold finish.
  • This finalizes the piece.

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