Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ash Glazed Decorative Jar

I've been playing around with this ash glaze combination, I like the results and the depth of color but I think I need to apply the glazes a little bit thicker to get some of that nice running that I like in ash glazes. To get this effect I first put on a layer of Satin Celedon, then I sprayed a green ash glaze followed by a blue ash glaze.
One thing that I really love about this jar is the small lid. So often jars with this glaze treatment have a lid that hangs over the top of the jar, often with wonderful lines and a nice bit of shadowing, I just wanted to try something different. Probably only a potter that is familiar with ash glazes would even notice the lid but I like the way it turned out.   What do you think?

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekend with Debra Fritts

One of the advantages to being a resident artist at Mudfire is that I get to audit all the workshops.  This month the workshop was with Debra Fritts.  Check out the review here.  I'll just say it was a fantastic workshop, even for a non-sculptor.
I used some of her ideas for surface decoration on a couple of plates that I am making for the Archetectural series.  I'm excited to see how they look when they come out of the kiln.  I'll get pictures posted right away if they are good.  Of course I'll share the technique with you.
I got all of my pieces finished and into the kiln last night, now I'm just waiting to get them out then wrapped up.  I'm ready to head down to the Art & Sol Festival next weekend.
Last week I made Linda Starr's Tornado Prawns.  I have to say they are wonderful.  Thanks for the recipe Linda.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Plant Pot Tea Set

Here's a fun tea pot and cups for those of us that love to garden (Tara, are you reading this?). The cups and tea pot all look like Terra cotta pots that you would use for your garden plants or African Violets but they are glazed inside to hold your tea or coffee. The tea pot looks like a larger version of the plant pot only it's sitting upside down. I made the handles look like roots that might be sticking out of the pot.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Latest in the Emergence Series

As I promised yesterday I have taken pictures of the pieces from the last reduction firing (glaze firing). I also got some good pictures of a wine chiller I made as part of the emergence series. I'm really happy with the way this piece came out; I expect it will find a good home very quickly. To see more images please go to my Etsy shop. I'd love to get your feed back.
As fellow potter Gary Rith says "Buy Stuff"; holiday's and other gift giving occasions are fast approaching. So is deck party season.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekend Review

I hope you had as great a weekend as I did. The American Crafts Council Show was in town; it was a great show, lots of talented crafts people showing their best work. It's always a treat to walk around and talk to follow artists.
The gas kiln was unloaded and I'm very happy with the results. I had a few piece that were glazed with an ash glaze combo that I've been playing with. I think they came out well as did the tea set that I made. I'll be taking pictures soon and hope to have them up on the blog and in the Esty store soon.
I finished painting another one of my plates in the Rustic Buildings series, I'm very, very happy with the results. I hope the kiln Gods are good to me now.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Glynn Arts Festival

I've been remiss in my blogging.  My apologies to my followers who have been wondering what's happened to me. I've been busy getting ready for my first show of the spring at the Glynn Arts Association's Art & Sol Festival on beautiful St. Simmon's Island, GA March 27 and 28th.  I'm very excited about this show because it's the first one of the year and because we'll be making a short vacation of it.  Even though I love my work I also love taking some vacation time to rejuvenate and spend some time with my honey.  It's got to be a short vacation because I have another show at Georgia Southern University on April 10th and the Inman Park Spring Arts Festival is April 24 & 25 followed by a workshop on alternative firings with the Rigg's at Mudfire
I'm tired just thinking about April.  I'd love to see any of my readers if you get a chance to visit one of these shows.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Plate

This is one of the plates in a new series I'm working on. I just love the look of old barns and farm buildings. I wonder what stories they could tell. I particularly like the ones views where all you can see around them are the fields. This barn is in Idaho where you can really see for miles and miles.I have a small collection of photos of old barns but would live to see more if anyone would like to share.  Send them to FutureRelicsGallery [at]gmail dot com.  Thanks

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sharing a Smile

It's snowing again in Atlanta.  We've had a dull, snowy, dreary winter but when I see things like this colorful fruit bowl it makes me smile.  I want to share that smile with you.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Beating the Odds

This poor little tea bowl has been through a lot in it's life. It was the accidentally over fired in the bisque kiln (cone 4 instead of 04). Then when I was glazing it I dropped it into the glaze bucket. I knew it needed to spend some more time in the glaze bucket but that was a little extreme. I didn't feel like washing it off, waiting another day and then trying to glaze again so I let it dry and put it in the reduction kiln. I think it came out really great but I wouldn't suggest trying to duplicate the results.
The glaze is Malcolm Davis Shino for cone 6 reduction, I can post the recipe if someone wants it.

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