Wednesday, May 30, 2018

New Blog

The clay studio is set up and I have been doing some clay work but I've decided to officially retire. I no longer want to be packing and shipping pots. My focus in the studio will be to experiment with the ideas I've not yet had time to work on. And I hope to get busy in the sewing room with more than household necessities. But until I have more to share my posts will mostly be over at my new blog which chronicles our new native yard as it grows and matures, changes and adapts. There's always something new in the garden whether it be something blooming, butterflies or fascinating insects and the pond behind us attracts such gorgeous birds! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

First Glaze Firing Since 2016!

As I was working on mixing up glazes I ran out of frit 3134 so just did some tests of what I had made and glazed a few pieces. 
The test tiles starting from the right are Licorice, Bright Sky Blue and Variegated Blue, all from Mastering Cone 6 Glazes and I believe they may all be in John Britt's book as well. The far left is my mix of of the two blues. I'm torn as to which to choose for my new dishes as Var. Blue is a greenish gray and goes great with the green fabric I bought to make placemats. My mix of the blues goes great with the blue placemat fabric. So maybe I'll just use them both, just as I plan to do with the fabrics! 
Inspired by the totems we made at JCC a couple years ago I made a couple more, just playing with the clay. I have a few ideas of more involved pieces but don't have definite plans yet. 

 I mixed one other glaze or thought I had! I mixed up what was supposed to be Waterfall Brown but it sure didn't work like Waterfall Brown. It's on the saucer below. I had used it on the blue dish above and the brush strokes came out extremely light so I refired with black on top. I finally figured out what I did. I had typed a 2 instead of 3 on my recipe sheet and used Frit 3124 instead of 3134; big difference! I've been playing with my program to see if I can somehow make it right but there's so much silica and alumina in it now I think I'll just make a new batch and use this for what it is on sculptural work. It has it's own charm.
 Below: I had fun making an little adult rattle.
 And I have three new mugs, Mama, Papa and Baby. 
 I want to start working fiber into my work again so I started with this vessel, adding some Genya cord and beads.

 Cleo is still going strong, well maybe not so strong anymore but she does get lots of sleep. Who says you have to sleep inside the bed? 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wow, it's 2018!

It's going on two year's since I posted last! The past 24 months have been a blur as we went through a move from South Florida to Central Florida. I miss my classes in Boca but I know they are in good hands. I remember the advice from my first pottery instructor; learn from as many different teachers as you can as each one will give you different information and ideas. From there you can go on to use what works best for you and develop your own style. And remember to continue to learn! 

I finally have my kiln and most of my studio set up. This week I was in the clay, just for a bit but it was great!