Sunday, June 16, 2024

I HAVE RETURNED



Yay, I remembered how to log in and post photos on this blog after a year and a half! My pottery production has slowed down to a crawl but break-time is over. Our winter and spring gave us great amounts of precipitation which is unusual for this high-desert area.  Greatly appreciated, however, since we are always recovering from a drought. Tons of yard work since everything had been growing like crazy. My ryobi electric mower is my best friend right now. My new best friend will be my kiln. I'll post pots from my glaze fire soon.

Friday, December 9, 2022

I Did Like It!






 Last year I had to figure out how to get myself out of a non-creating rut, so I purchased some new glazes to help to inspire me. Two of the glazes were Amaco Potters Choice Cosmic Tea Dust and Cosmic Oil Spot. Now I personally am drawn to glittery things but I wasn't sure I would like the look on my stoneware creations. I used Tea Dust on a cloaked figure (pictured a few posts back) and I kinda liked how that looked. To get the best reflection of the glittery particles in the glaze, I applied two coats of Amaco Obsidian glaze and then two coats of the Cosmic Tea Dust to my small lidded pot that's 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide. It's so beautifully glittery in the sunlight. I'm mesmerized. 
The mug has Cosmic Oil Spot on the rim and sprig. I like the watery/oily look but the glittery flecks are larger. I think it's use on the mug is successful but I'll have to figure out how else to make it work. And isn't that part of the fun.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

I'm Back At It!



Me, when I realize that almost another year has passed without posting to my blog!
I kinda took a break from pottery this past spring and summer. I worked on my neglected garden to grow some garlic, onions, golden zucchini and sweet red peppers. Soil needs more ammending to lighten the clay.  I'm pleased, especially since we had 30 plus 100 degree days. Love breaking records 😓 . After I recovered from covid AGAIN, I started to miss working with clay and got back to work. More to follow, I promise.

 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Happy Holidays to All


 Enjoying a cold rainy evening by the fireplace this Christmas eve. This laptop is quite the heat generator, adding to the total affect 😄. Remember to take a deep breath, relax and reflect. It's good for creativity which, in turn, is good for us all. 🌟 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Spiffy and Sparkly


 This is a statue I made just for my own amusement.  It's about 6 inches tall. I threw it on the wheel as a thick-walled enclosed shape. Once it got to be a soft leatherhard, I carved away the excess clay to reveal this figure. I carved a space behind the hands to put a crystal or a tiny bowl for an incense cone as shown here. The sparkly robes are are from Cosmic Tea Dust glaze by Amaco. I used it 3 ways: alone, layered over a black glaze and over Iron Luster glaze (Amaco). The glittery glossy black finish is my favorite. The others resulted in a dark brown glittery finish which works well in texture and adds depth and interest to another wise dark piece. 






Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween 🎃


 Photo credits go to my daughter who inspired me to make her a pumpkin that uses a tea light to heat scented oil.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

I Made 2 But I Have 3

 I completed my 2 pumpkins before Halloween.  Yay! I used Spectrum Saffron Shino glaze to get a realistic satin finish. It's exactly what I was hoping for. Now the third pumpkin is a furry one. She is a very sweet neighborhood cat that comes to visit me in the garden. I named her Pumpkin and she comes when I call her.