Tuesday, March 9, 2021
These tiny bowls are actually tests. I had two bags of medium dark brown clay and could not tell whether they were brown or a speckled buff. Only after a glaze firing could I tell that both of the smallest bowls were of speckled buff clay. The other two bowls are a clay blend that I've been experimenting with to achieve a grainy looking elephant gray color. The blend uses Laguna b-mix and clay/dirt from my yard. I can have bands of the lighter clay show through if my blending is not thorough enough, as the mark on the middle left bowl shows. That could be a cool look for a bigger test on another day.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
I'm still trying to stay motivated to keep up the making process. It's a bit of a struggle but since I've focused on sprig molds for custom decorating, I'm looking at mug decorating a bit differently now. Instead of using glaze layering and the kiln to do the heavy lifting, so to speak, I'm searching for new shapes to make into small molds. The Roman lion mold came from a clay impression I made from a metal sun dial. I plan to use a dark glaze as a stain just on the lion decoration. The rest of the mug will get the usual 3 coats of brushed on glaze....colors are still to be determined.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
I have owned this jade plant, which has turned into a tree, for more than 30 years. In all its life, this is the first time it has had a decent sunny space to live in. I think it would have been even larger by now if it had not suffered in low light and a small pot. Anyway, I finally made a larger exotic looking pot for it. I hope it likes it. I'm pleased with the result.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020
I am still alive and, if Google and Blogger don't change too much, I will try to keep this blog alive. It's been a year since I last posted....a long, terrible year. In general, I shouldn't complain. I still work on pottery, and that has been a precious thing. You would think I would be more productive and creative since I'm home ALOT these days, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I'm working on it and looking forward to a new year of creating. Fingers crossed. Here's a photo I want to share of the local park decorated for the holidays. The sky is dark but the lights are bright; a metaphor perhaps.