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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Early Flower Vase

You may remember the “What’s in the Box?” post I wrote a few weeks ago when I was at my Mother’s house.  That has led to a few posts that seemed appropriate for this throw back Thursday thing people are doing.  Have you seen anyone else’s TBT photos?  Some are really fun.  Just search in your favorite social media site #tbt and you’re sure to see lots of pictures.

This vase was probably one of the tallest pieces I threw when I was in High School.  I should have measured it but I would guess that it’s about ten to twelve inches tall.  I had seen some pots that were decorated using majolica and I was trying to replicate them but I didn’t know what I was looking at so I had to experiment. Since this was made in the dark ages before the internet and smart phones so I couldn’t just show an image to my pottery teacher and ask.  Besides, I’ve always been into trying to figure things out.  
Pottery Flower Vase by Lori Buff
Early Flower Vase

If I remember correctly I painted the flowers with blue and yellow underglazes then used a white overglaze on top of it all.  I the white glaze muted and blurred the underglaze a little bit.  It wasn’t the effect I was looking for but I still really loved the vase.  Sadly, even though it was wrapped in news paper and stored in a box it must have taken a blow to the side and has a break in the back.  I don’t think it will hold water anymore. At least the chip can be put towards the wall.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff

6 comments:

  1. That's really sweet. Good thing you can place the defect in the back. Interesting how we "make do" and investigate the process with what's available...and usually it turns out just fine.

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    1. Thanks Barb, one of the best things about being a potter is the chance to continually experiment and learn.

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  2. you are so lucky to have these pieces of your early works. I have several I threw out and now wish I had them

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    1. Thanks Linda, I'm lucky my parents didn't throw them away.

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  3. It's been fun to see your pots from high school. Your mention of the internet really made me think about how much has changed. Books, Ceramics Monthly, and other publications, were the only go-to's for inspiration. Now everything is at our fingertips.

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