Here’s a look at a couple of projects I’ve been working on this past week………
I’ve added some high fire clay and glazes to my supply of low and mid fire glazes and such and am thoroughly enjoying playing around and experimenting with layering glazes. I think this little vase turned out really well, don’t you?
Miss Dixie got a shiny new bowl this past week, thanks to my glaze experiment. I had marked the new bowl in my head as a new bowl for her, then, when I pulled it out of the kiln, I had second thoughts because of how pretty it was. In the end, though, I stuck to my original plan, and Dixie has a new, pretty bowl.
Meals are serious business in Dixieworld!
The pretty vase will be added to ClayDreamsPottery by the end of this week, along with some other beauties still in progress that I think will be a hit so keep an eye out for these newbies.
Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
A few weeks ago I was poking around in the glazes at the Art Center pottery studio and came across one that I wasn’t familiar with – Meyer’s Shino. In keeping with my “I’ll try anything once” personality type, I grabbed one of my bowls that was glaze ready and gave it a dip. I had no expectations, I hadn’t used it and neither had anyone else in the studio that day. So, to satisfy my curiosity, I dipped.
B clay no grog
One dip Meyer’s Shino
Fired to cone 10
Looks a lot like a soda firing, doesn’t it? All who saw it in the studio yesterday asked me the same question: Soda? Nope. Just glazed and fired as usual. I love it when the clay gods smile down upon me!
The years teach much which the days never know. Ralph Emerson
I’ve been very neglectful this past week of just about everything while dismantling, cleaning, painting and reassembling this old hoosier cabinet –
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the colors Henrietta on doors and drawers and Emile on the rest. Oh, and see those yucky brownish hinges? Those are the original hinges, I couldn’t find any new ones that fit. Those old hinges? That’s what color the whole thing was before the new paint job. Gross. This is my workspace and storage for my pottery.
After the cabinet was squared away I was able to think about clay again and finally ran a glaze kiln today. Here’s a first look –
Way too hot to get close, but they look like a success so far!
Be sure to look for these in my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery!
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. Thornton Wilder