Paper patterns that Karolina used to trace commas and quotation marks sit above the clay pieces. These will become plates that will be glazed solid black. Sculpting tools and stoneware clay are on the work table.
The quotation and comma plates at the next stage, with edges applied to each plate.
Karolina turns the wheel on a press that flattens a slab of stoneware clay to a certain thickness.
Karolina checks the thickness of the slab as she uses a scraper to smooth the surface.
This slab turned out too thin to use in her quotes and commas plates, so Karolina tears it up to reshape it and use it to make a mug.
Clay is rolled into a long round strip that Karolina will use to make a round cylindrical coil, this is the body of the mug.
Building up the coil on the mug base. She smooths the inside and outside as she goes to create a clean surface.
Karolina uses her finger to smooth slip onto the wet clay mug body. A gelato container full of slip (a mixture of clay and water) and a spray bottle of water to help join and bind sections of clay and evenly smooth over sections.
Karolina has applied strips of clay to create a 3-D relief-like effect for the lettering on this mug. It will say “Nasty Woman;” a term that was used by Trump to describe Hillary Clinton during the third Presidential debate in 2016. It instantly became a worldwide meme.
Karolina in Astoria Park, Queens. She lives nearby and comes to this park to swim in the public pool in the summer.
The view looking west along Queens Boulevard, a few blocks away from her sculpture studio space.