I’m stocking up for my first art show, and experimenting with my first batch of custom-made glaze:Pin It
Playing around with shape and proportion here – I like the small, round handle asymmetrically placed near the bottom of a tall, narrow mug.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’ve been playing around with a particular shape for my mugs – kind of square and squat, ready sturdy-looking, I think. I’ve had good results with Mayco Speckled Stroke & Coat Glazes – these are glazed in Speckled Cotton Tail, Moody Blue, and The Blues.
I wanted to see how these glazes and this shape would look in a different clay. I thought that this cinnamon color would be a little more, well, rustic. This is Georgie’s Pioneer Dark. At first, it was incredibly difficult to throw with because it has a lot of sand and grog in it, so it tended to really tear my hands apart. But I got better with a lighter touch, and I’m really happy with how it’s coming out, now.
I like how the cinnamon color of the clay shows through along the edges of the mug – particularly when it’s glazed in Cotton Tail. The glaze is poured inside the cups, but then brushed on (2-3 coats) on the outside, since I don’t have near enough to set it up for dipping.Pin It
My friend made me this beautiful fir peg board to display my favorite mugs – particularly the ones I’m hand throwing myself I love all the little details – the lines of the boards, the routed edges, and how the pegs angle up slightly to keep the mugs safely in place. I’m guessing I’ll have the entire board filled in no time!Pin It
I’ve been playing with different sizes, shapes, and glazes this week:
Small pitchers and mugs glazed with Spectrum Celadons (Cerulean, Celadon Green, and Watermelon)
A bud vase glazed with Amaco Celadons (Pear)
Experimenting with a different shaped mug, glazed in Spectrum Texture Dark Cloud.
Classically shaped mug, glazed in Georgie’s Cobalt Blue.Pin It
I love days when a glaze firing is finished and I get to empty the kiln . . .
These are some of my first attempts at painting designs onto the greenware, and then carving around them. The sheep and yarn designs are my attempt to copy the design of an amazing clay artist who sells who beautiful pieces at fiber shows around the country.
For some of the designs, I have carved rubber stamps to first imprint the image on the clay, but lately I’ve started just sketching the image on freehand, very lightly with a pencil. Then, using small paintbrushes, I apply three coats of the various colors. Once they’re completely dry – and once the pot has progressed through the leather hard stage and is getting dry, as well – I use small carving tools to cut the edges of the designs clean.
After the greenware goes through a bisque fire, I either brush or dip transparent glaze over the entire piece, and then glaze fire it. Sometimes I paint a color on the inside at the greenware stage, and sometimes I use either color or transparent glaze on the inside at the bisque stage. I struggled at first with applying the glaze too heavily to the exterior, so that it was obscuring the carving lines, but I wanted to make sure that some glaze got into the carved lines; I think that dipping, instead of brushwork, makes it easier to get the right amount and texture of glaze to adhere to the various surfaces of the bisque piece.
I think that this is probably my favorite way to design and finish my work, at least right now – I’m working on adding other design motifs to practice with, as well.Pin It