Just in time for Christmas gift giving. I posted my latest work in my Etsy Shop this morning.
Monday, November 21, 2011
This week I have posted some new work in my Etsy Shop. It has been some time since I tackled a large platter. I choose earthenware clay as the shrinkage is less, and I have fewer problems with the clay cracking around the bisqued form that I use as a mold. This one has turned out particularly pleasing, has fired with no signs of warping or slumping. I had fun decorating it in the majolica style that is popular in Italy and Portugal.
Coffee Mugs and Cups are particularly vulnerable to thermal shock and crazing, as hot liquid is poured into them, then when finished they are quickly rinsed under cold water. I am concerned that my pieces remain beautiful for years, and are food safe so I have devised this simple test that I run on each batch of fired cups.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
My list of test tiles keeps growing, as I mix and test every color that I can think up. Then when I lay them out before me on the table, a pristine white bowl waiting to be decorated, I can not restrain myself...sometimes ten, twelve or more colors will be used. Am I going too far? Should I rein myself in, and try to be a bit more subdued. I tried on one small bowl, decorating it with delicate scroll leaves and small pink flowers, but then the urge hit, and I grabbed "Markus's Red No 2" - a raspberry pink-red that my 5 year old grandson actually developed. You see, he too has the color bug..."just a bit more pink grandma, now a tiny bit of red", and voila, we had this fabulous raspberry red. So there I was with this lovely subdued little bowl on my table, and my test tile of Markus's red in the other, and guess what happened. Well, see for yourself!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Clay and Color: More slab building fun continued..: "I just took my Sun Goddess out of the kiln, and was really happy with the way that she turned out. Her colors are magnificent, and no crack..."
Monday, August 1, 2011
I hate having to clean up my wheel between throwing white stoneware and porcelain clay, and the red terracotta majolica clay, so have decided to keep my red clay for hand building. I have been playing with slab building using slump and drape molds made from cheap Dollar Store plastic dishes.