Once the house was constructed for the upcoming film “The Empty Room”, it was time to surface it. Our initial plan was to glaze fire the piece, starting with a coat of the iron oxide bearing spray paint that we use on the pots. We wanted to use this product because it has a very dry finish and would feel like brick. The material was applied to the bone dry clay and fired in during the bisqueing. These tiles are tests of application times relative to internal clay moisture content.
The first firing turned out to be the last on these. there were several reasons for this, but our primary concern were the cracks that had developed in the kiln. We pushed the white stone body too far with this construction and we felt that another firing was risking too much, so we opted for a cold finish.
The first step was to mend cracks and to apply a base coat of acrylic to the surface. We waxed the cutouts and stair rails during drying to protect delicate features which meant that the first spray coat did not stick everywhere, so we had to fill those places that flaked off. Another issue was that the color was inconsistent from top to bottom and so color matching was also required.
Once the basic exterior was complete we focused on window treatments and the interior. For the interior surfaces, we wanted to reference our original plan and allow the acrylic to look as ceramic as possible. To achieve this we layered thin washes of paint with layers of clear spray paint to give the surface the luminosity of glaze.
After getting the piece this far, we let it rest while we focused on making the figurines. We wanted to leave the options open to change in case we came across new ideas regarding the furniture or other details of the interior.