Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keeping Track of Glazes


I am going to use this tray which has been stenciled with a grid 
as a test for different glazes, so I took a picture of the tray
with the first glaze areas in place, then posterized it
and printed it out.
As I add additional swirls of glaze, I will use a pencil to shade
in those areas on the printed copy and write the glaze name
in the borders so I know what I used where.

I'll post a fired picture once it is done...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making TRAYS in CERAMIC CLAY and Cool Ways to Finish Them!

Marcia Reiver and myself will be doing a Hand Building Workshop
at the Pa Guild of Craftsmen, June 2017.
One of the things we will be sharing with participants
is finishing a tray with Underglazes, a Dotter & an Outliner.


Participants will be able to practice this technique on a 
white bisque tile.  For example, I painted underglazes on two different
white bisque tiles as shown above and below.


Then when the three coats of underglaze have dried,
I used underglaze in an Outliner and on a Dotter to complete
the two different patterns shown below...


These 6" x 6" tiles created by participants will be clear glazed 
and fired by the Craft Center and be ready to pick up
a week or so after the Workshop.


We also plan to have each participant take home an
Outliner to use in future projects of their own.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Blue Grey Gardens Necklace

I made these beads awhile back wanting to incorporate
all of them in one single necklace...


They are all made from stoneware clay accented with blue grey
terra sigilatta but the stoneware clays are different colors.


That is why the colors of the beads all seem different.
The spacer beads are Greek porcelain which blends perfectly.


The necklace is only the length of a choker (about 18")
and is so lightweight considering it is made from stoneware!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Virginia Creeper Wrapped Pendant

A blue brick patterned shard is wrapped
with waxed linen to dried Virginia Creeper vine.
It is also reversible, making it two necklaces in one!
The reverse side is not glazed remaining open to absorb
the wearers' essence, how cool is that?

The light weight ceramic clay pendant is suspended from leather
on a copper coil; the leather cord ends with copper caps which connect
to a chain which forms the rest of the necklace and makes it adjustable.




Friday, December 16, 2016

R A T T L E S

...Finally got around to adorning two rattles I previously made,
both pillow rattles made using this process - 

"Once the basic shape is formed, I tenderly blow my own CHI (breath of life) inside, sealing the opening quickly closed with pursed lips."


This 710 dark chocolate stoneware one I've named
BROKEN RIMS of the BEER BOTTLE ABYSS
because of the tumbled interrupted glass rings which adorn it.


In actuality, they are the cut off rims of beer bottle openings
(tumbled & sent to me by Emily Cohen from Florida)
which I then wrapped with copper wire to hang.


The dried Virginia creeper vine handle also hails from Florida
and is accented with one of my clay Gillette leaves...


Just so you know, the 'other side' pictured here is as worthy 
as the side pictured in the initial picture above.


This earthenware rattle was made from a clay slab 
accented with Pilcher's slip and a transfer printed woodcut
I call HOMER and this too, is the name of the rattle.


The opposite side is a combed engobe plaid on one half with
a carved black terra sigillata on the other half.


The adornments on HOMER range from a broken twig 
which was once part of his handle, hand formed palm pebble,
blob & love knots beads and black & buff porcelain beads
all inter-spaced with colorful seed beads. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

More Scrappie Cats...

There are two sides to every story 
and two sides to every Scrappie Cat Face!










Three Wise Scrappie Cats Necklaces, 
just in time for the Holidays!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mayco Foundations in Action...


 I made these test tiles on 20G Earthenware Clay using
Mayco Stroke 'n Coat with their Foundations.


I first put on 3 coats of the green glaze colors allowing
each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat...


Then I use a fine tipped bottle to apply the black lines
using Mayco Foundations black on top of the green glazes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wild Grape Vines & Leaves Plate

When I formed this 9" round shallow stoneware dish, 
I placed stringing holes around the top edge
so I could attach found objects to the rim... 


After it was bisque fired, I used black wax resist and glazes
to draw in these random leaves...



Once glaze fired I brought it home from the studio
and within days, received a package from Florida
containing these wild grape vines...



The rest, as they say, is history!

Friday, October 28, 2016

More Leaf Trays


These trays are small catchalls or serving pieces
designed to look good empty as well as full...

The leaves were hand drawn using black wax resist
while the background and leaves were painstakingly finished
with three coats of individual glazes.

Because of the time involved with their making,
these leaf trays will be few and far between.

Each is one of a kind...



And only a few will ever be this big or as detailed!