Friday, October 5, 2018

big and happy

 i made a quite large happy bowl ..... it is a shallow bowl and i have high hopes for it!!! only time will tell!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

i found a giant leaf on the side of the road ... its stalk had been run over ... all the other leaves were standing tall ... and this was on the ground .... so i felt ok taking/stealing/rescuing it for a higher purpose. i carried it about two miles home.

 i rolled it into clay... then trimmed it ... then made a nest of towels and dry-cleaning bags for it to rest in ....
rolling the leaf took a lot out of it ... i'd been hoping to use it for multiple platters but discovered one was all it could manage.
i babysat it. i went down to my basement studio and visited it often .... to make sure it didn't crack ... it was doing great .... 
i measured twice to make sure it would fit into my kiln .... i knew i was cutting it close! 
and then the magic moment of opening the kiln .... oh! no! .... it had exploded. likely because it was not bone dry .... i thought it was! wah!!
 i did not do my usual kiln happy dance!




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

unicorn. you. you'nicorn.

i'm a painter. sometimes in all my pottery joy, i forget that. but i had an idea for a BIG piece for a friend .... and then decided to do a small version for LIAV camp auction .... so i did the little one first to practice before i tackle the giant one..... i like the painting ... but i'm super proud of the words. that's my poem on there.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

when turquoise goes green.

 i'm not sure what happened.
and i'm a bit disappointed.
and it's one of those things, where i should be appreciating the learning opportunity....
but my turquoise glaze ( a new one) turned out green.
objectively, they look fine.
but since they don't match my expectations, i have trouble loving them.
i did not do the open the kiln happy dance.
but i think it'll all be ok.
as potter errors go, this is a small one, huh?


Monday, October 1, 2018

8 bowls

i glazed 8 bowls tonight ....
 that one in the bottom left of the photo is pretty big ... top left is pretty small .... these are all working on better form on the wheel .....

four of the bowls have a celadon base ....
 four of the bowls have and ann's blue base .....
 the celadon ones have blue bits ... the blue ones have celadon bits....
... some of them have black .... it's the part that looks black in the bowl photo....
two of the celadon ones have some mexico point  on them too .....

and now it's all about finger crossing to see how these mixtures worked out.

Friday, September 7, 2018

turquoise!

i adore this new glaze. 
i forget the real name, but it is turquoise wonderful to me .... and did well highlighting the textures i love so much .... i have a quartish jar of it and had to brush on three coats, front and back .... so i need to sort out if i can buy it by the gallon .... or the five gallon ... or whatever amount those massive buckets of glaze are.... so here are three platters in new turquoise.




Thursday, September 6, 2018

red! with specks!

hey!
red glaze!! with specks.
it is a crystalline glaze. while i was glazing them, andy saw them and said, what are all those chunks? .... and those were the crystals .... that then awesomely melt into the glaze .... 
i think this looks awesome on the bowls (they are small, see last post) ..... but not as super on the textured plates. it's not terrible on the texture, but i think the crystals obscure some of the texture .... 
still learning. i like that.




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

happy bowls ....

i pulled four happy bowls out of the kiln this morning .... 
so on my kiln/glazing learning curve, i've at least found an excellent clear glaze that i love..... 

on the wheel throwing learning curve, i'm still WAY at the beginning. but happy here. i'm just practicing small to improve my technique. i can throw bigger, but they aren't as technically proficient ... so i'm upping my proficiency small this week ..... 
i'll probably make big here and there cause its fun, but in my head, i'm going for higher quality (of which these are fine but not FINE)


















Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ioh

 interfaith outreach house .... its transitional housing for folks who need a hand up .... help making it from homelessness, or near homelessness .... its a two year living arrangement in safe apartments where the family commits to working, saving, life skill classes and much more ... my women's group at church helped in the turnover of one of these apartments this go round ... a family graduated and moved on .... and my pals reset the apartment with bedding and kitchen gear and the whole shebang you'd need if you were moving your family into a new apartment ..... and .... i made this painting for the wall ... mixed media acrylic collage ....


this is the back of the painting .... likely the new owner of the painting won't know what the back of the painting says until she moves into her new home in two years.


Monday, September 3, 2018

8 balls of clay

i'm not an excellent potter on the wheel .... i've done it sporadically in my life .... and was pretty good .....and now i'm trying to get back to pretty good .... 
so, no surprise that i'm having trouble .... but the funny thing is, most of my trouble is gravity ... hence, this bowl, drying upside down so that its rim doesn't flip down .... not sure it'll make it to someone's kitchen, but, i'm trying! 
 i made 8 balls of clay ... each a pound and a half ..... five were decent bowls, one was a half sized bowl cause i wrecked it, trimmed it, and saved it... one was that upside down one above .... and one was a pile of mush that's now been seasoned with a few curse words .... i didn't feel the curse words really, they just slipped out. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

happy, happy, joy, joy

so now my pottery studio is up an running.... 

i've done quite a bit of hand building ... quite a bit of wheel throwing .... 


i'm still most drawn to texture, text and color..... 



.... and now i get to discover the joy of choosing my glazes from an infinite variety! oh joy! happy, happy, joy, joy! 







Wednesday, March 7, 2018

happy bowls

here i am in my NEW pottery studio .... throwing my first pot .... it's a bowl actually ... those empty shelves are striking to me ... what am i going to put on them? i shouldn't have worn my favorite orange shoes ... they got clay all over them .... 
 and here is the first bowl on my new to me wheel in my brand new pottery studio.... i actually made four happy bowls ... a little bit like bob ross, the painter, and his happy trees ... i've started a happy bowl series. ta da!