I’m stocking up for my first art show, and experimenting with my first batch of custom-made glaze:Pin It
I haven’t had a chance to get anything posted in my Etsy shop yet, but if you’re interested in buying an Oregon Rain mug (or bowl), here’s how:
Cost: Handleless cups – $10.00 (+ $2.50 shipping) (you can purchase these as candles for an extra $5)
Mugs – $15.00 (+ $3.50 shipping) or two for $30 (inc shipping)
Bowls – $20.00 (+ $4.50 shipping) or two for $40 (inc shipping)
How: Via Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Specify: (1) Cinnamon or White Salmon clay; (2) Thunder, Rainstorm, Mist, or Cloudcover colors; (3) mug, handleless cup, or bowl, and (4) how many
You can see more photos of some of the mugs here. I’m just testing the waters to see if there are folks out there interested in purchasing these hand thrown mugs, so I would love your feedback!Pin It
I’m experimenting with bowls – different shapes and sizes – with the unifying characteristic of a brightly colored inside and outside rim, with the remainder of the outside textured and left unglazed. The colors are a variety of Amaco (Pear, Cherry Blossom, Marigold) and Spectrum (Orchid, Celadon, Cerulean, Watermelon, Cranberry) celadon glazes. At this time of year particularly, they remind me of colored Easter eggs!
I’m trying to determine which colors work well – unsurprisingly, I’m having a heck of a time finding any in the red / pink / purple family that I find satisfactory. Back to the drawing board . . .Pin It
Amaco black underglaze on bisque, then Georgie’s grass green glaze, yields surprising results!
Texturing the bottom of bowls thrown with Georgie’s White Salmon clay and then leaving them unglazed – insides and rims glazed with Spectrum Celadon (Cerulean).
Playing around with texture and how it causes the glaze to break – here I used Amaco Celadons (Storm).
Beautiful colors with Spectrum Celadon (Cerulean on the right, Celadon on the left) on the insides, Georgies transparent glaze on the outside – I’m still working on how to dip, pour, and brush with consistent results, and how to keep the rim (where the two different colors meet) looking good.Pin It
I love days when a glaze firing is finished and I get to empty the kiln . . .
I first carved very rudimentary leaf shapes out of rubber stamping material, and used an ink pad and the stamps to imprint the images on the greenware bowls. This simply gave me the size and shape of the leaf designs, which I then “filled in” with three brush-coats of underglaze in various colors.
After the underglaze dried, I used carving tools to create clear outline shapes around the painted leaves. In some spots, I carved the leaf shape first, and then either left it unpainted, or used underglaze in a squeeze bottle to pipe the paint into the carved outline.
After the bisque firing, I used Georgie’s transparent glaze (either dipped or three brush-coats) on both the inside and outside of the bowls, and then glaze fired them.
I learned that it’s better to wait until the greenware is much farther along in the leather-hard stage than when I do the trimming before carving, because otherwise the lines aren’t as crisp and you leave a lot of small pieces of clay that have to be brushed out later on. These projects showed me that not only do my wheel throwing skills need a lot of work, but all of my other artistry skills – design, painting, carving – need to improve as well!Pin It