November 21, 2015
I have now returned from spending October at the Mendocino Art Center. While there, I further explored stamping porcelain letters and hieroglyphic-like marks onto “ancient” clay runes. This is a work in progress, as I am trying to find a satisfying method for making these artifacts.
This pit-fired example is one of my first attempts. It is 6 inches long and about 3/4″ thick with a small, hollow space within. It feels rather heavy when held in the hand.
My attempt at carving words (taken from Rilke’s epitaph) is pictured below but these words are not reversed and thus cannot be used for stamping.
My next effort will be to translate the Rilke words into cuneiform markings and then cut them onto a clay, rune-like object. Below is the code I will use. I downloaded this code from the web (sorry but I did not record the link) and then reconstructed the code in vector graphics. Letters within brackets are invented symbols since the ancient cuneiform language evidently did not depict a few letters from our alphabet. The translation of the Rilke verse that I intend to place on the runes is shown below the codes.