Friday, November 24, 2017

bright, bright underglazes ....

so i'm experimenting with less texture and more graphic design with underglazes .... these first four plates were done using my everyday lunch size plates as a mold .... mr.e.beck.artist asked how i got them so perfect when he saw them .... i wondered why they were so imperfect .... nice to be able to hear someone else's perspective!! love him.
 these plates are about 8 inches, i think .... white clay, underglaze and clear glaze .... food safe.
 this is a pretty big plate ... maybe 12 inches across .... working on my technique with designer liners ... i had trouble with them not flattening out when they were fired so i got some potty texture i didn't want and had to grind down some of those dots and reglaze the clear .... 
this is a good sized bowl ... maybe 14 inches across .... i'm pleased with the color and the graphic design and the happy and the bright ... but the clear glaze bubble on the underside .... so not quite right ... but pretty darn nice.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

happy thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving..... i am thankful for a world of bright, lovely colors ... especially orange .... i am also thankful for all the people who color my life with joy and wonderment.... wishing you and orange, joy filled day ... and pie.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

black and white and black and white and black and white ....

 i have a thing for the simplicity of black and white on the extravagant, unsubtle textures that i love so much ....

Monday, November 20, 2017

red + orange = plate

this plate is about 8 inches across ..... i used a weird rubber place mat over a slab of white clay. by pushing the mat into the clay it gave it some texture ... then glazed it with a mix of orange and red underglaze ... so all the color bits you see are raised texture ... (sold already, oh my)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

different is beautiful ....


oh my .... this pear fills me with extra joy .... it is laden with wonderful happy reminders .... 

first: i did the background with susan and ann and dionne when they came over to my house to do art in my basement with me ... and having friends to do art with is high on my favorite things list ....so it had a happy, happy beginning for this painting .... so that's the first joyful memory related to this piece.

and second:  i made it with the intention of it being a sample for my life is verb camp collage workshop .... so when i got to camp i showed my wonderful class what i meant by having a papered background, a light glaze of paint over it and then a texture from stencil or stamps ... in this one it is an alphabet stencil .... so this piece was sitting on my demo table .... ready to become something ... and a nice memory of my class of most awesome people .... 

and third: i was doing a different collage to put into the auction but i liked this background so much i just knew i could do it too .... and then while rummaging through my magic painted papers i found this pear ....i believe it was meant to go on another piece of art but didn't make the cut (probably for size reasons, or it somehow it knew it needed to be saved for a later piece) ..... and i thought it would look perfect.... and i held it up to katie in my class and said, sorta flippantly, hey, whaddaya think about blue pears? and katie (so kindly) said, if you 're doing it, it will be awesome! .... so that's a great memory: so kind katie! 

and fourth: blue pears are kinda different.... and camp is kinda different .... and i dig different ... so different is beautiful sounded right. i thought that up ... and then tried on (in my head and aloud) about 20 other ideas .... but came back to the first idea, different is beautiful .... there is something to learn from that, huh? so happy memory four is thinking of the perfect thing to say for this unexpected piece for the life is a verb camp auction.... that kind of speaks to the whole camp experience.

and fifth: saturday night, when the auction was ending, i was wearing a dinosaur costume (that's a different story) , and when i walked into  the meeting room, there was ANOTHER DINOSAUR ... a new friend was dressed as a dinosaur too. what are the odds? zero. the odds are zero. we so beat those odds.  so my new friend in a dinosaur costume ("i'm so happy to see you! i thought i'd be the only one!") jumped from new friend to soul mate .... and my dinosaur soulmate bought the blue beautiful is different pear at the auction. that's a big happy memory of dinosaur onesie joy!

so ... this pear fills me with extra joy .... it is laden with wonderful happy reminders .... that's an awful lot of goodness smashed into a 12x12 collage.






pinch pots ...

i made a batch of pinch pots .... thick white clay bowls .... with texture on the outside... black wash underglaze to highlight the texture ....

 and bright colored insides ..... rainbow bright .... 
all ready to hold some change ... or your rings ..... or, in my case, to put your avocado pits to root in the window sill that is called the guacamole farm ... 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

37

look. this is a 12 by 12 canvas ... i made it when i had some friends over to paint with me in my basement .... susan painted and cut out the orange flowers ... i did the rest. we are putting it in an auction at life is a verb camp .....

Saturday, October 7, 2017

JOY

i made a small plate .... joy, it says ..... still doing my usual playing with textures ... that one at the bottom is a new roller ... i love it .... i've decided to do a black and white series .... i actually think it shows off the texture more than some of the colored ones do .... white clay, black underglaze wiped away, clear glaze ...

Monday, September 25, 2017

do you have a spoon rest?

do you have a spoon rest? do you use it? do you like it? do you have it and not use it? do you not have one? what do you use then? i have one. i always find it to be in the way ... except when i am using it .. and then i love it .... maybe it is supposed to be stowed in a utensil drawer and pulled out as needed ... but mine is always out .... 
i've been working on making spoon rests at a friends request .... here are two of the four i made ....

Sunday, September 24, 2017

dobby

i used to have dixie in my blog posts all the time .... i don't think i've ever shown dobby. 
i love her.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

two bowls

turquoise textured bowl ... quite small... 
actually celadon over blue ...
 orange bowl ... quite big ... 
actually orange underglaze washed off to show texture with clear glaze .. all on chocolate clay ... 
 size perspective... big and little....