This is Olivia's mural.
*sigh of relief*
Today, when we were putting the finishing touches to this mural, we realized that we had started working on this project in 2011. Some things take longer to jot off the to-do list, but in our line of work we've grown accustomed to this. This was, by no means, a quick-fix kind of project .. so *phew* and a well deserved *phew* if I may say so myself.
Oh, and when I say 'we' I mean me and my dad. Despite some very evident differences in opinion, we somehow managed to finish this one joint commission in one piece. Fuelled by one too many tepid coffees and minute-steak sandwiches, we have, today, bid adieu to what we hope will be the first of several custom ceramic projects.
Rewind to 2011.
|There you have it - the 4 steps before the first of 2 firings|
|organize, re-organize and keep very very still|
|... a three dimensional frame with a bird sitting atop it...|
|... a not-so-hidden dedication ...|
|On site - footprints in the dust and a whole lot of measuring going on!|
|cutting and trimming and gluing and fitting ...|
PS: dad's expertise is second to none - there I said it (best daughter in the world etc etc)
the meltdowns, not so much :p
|... and trimming some more.|
PS: this wet tile saw is my new best friend. Fuck off, rest of the world.
There you have it, after two years of on'n'off work, two scorching kiln firings, the even more scorching wake left behind by two fiery tilers, two large sheets of marine ply-wood that almost didn't make it upstairs into the bathroom and two-hundred cups of coffee - fitted, grouted and dusted.
I've learnt so much in the process - technical terms/buzz words such as 'friza', 'kurrenti' and 'horrox, borrox u il-'grouting' jghatti kollox' as well as how easy it is to blend in a crowd of construction workers at the bar when you're covered in equalizing dust and evidently sharing their main goal (ie: Kinnie and Ftira Bajd u Laham). I want to do this over and over again - bonding time and all!
Olivia, we await your reaction .. *fingers crossed*
and just so that you know I have never wanted to keep something I've done MORE!