Thursday, May 24, 2018

More Stuff

Another tea canister ready for the kiln.  I have painted a few luna moths, but this is the first time I have done dragonflies.  I am not sure about the ladybugs, but they wanted to be there so what the hey!

If I glaze, I always put something on the bottoms of my pots and inside the lids.  I like little decorative surprises so I assume others do too.  I know many low fire potters do this.

And last, a picture of Grayby and Ringo at breakfast.  At about ten months it's hard to believe they are from the same litter.  One of the things I love about watching kittens from the same litter grow up is how different their personalities are.  Grayby is a sit beside kitty.  She will sit besides us to get pats, but woe betide those who try to put her on a lap.  Ringo, on the other hand will lounge on whoever or what ever is available, preferably on his back to get belly rubs.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Another pot ready for firing.  I am still catching up on all the stuff that has been hanging around my studio.  It's surprising what is showing up.

This was going to be a tea canister, but I broke the lid.  One of the good things about working with the same clay body is that I know the shrink rates, so it is relatively easy to make a replacement.  The lid isn't perfect but since it's for my own use, I am not worried about it.

It's glazed in Spectrum #799 Majolica White, with mixed Mason Stains.

And lastly here is another picture of Ringo being strange.  He dragged this bathmat from the bathroom to the sunroom.  He likes to hide under it and sleep.  At least he thinks he is hiding.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Humpty Redux

Recently, Sandy Miller reminded me that I have forgotten to post Humpty Dumpty ready for the kiln.

I am using Mason stains mixed 50/50 with frit #3124 and water to get the brushing consistency I want.  I treat the encapsulated reds a bit differently and mix 25/25/50 gerstley borate, frit #3124, and stain.  Again I vary the water depending on how thin or opaque I want the color.  Adding the gerstley borate makes the stain work more like a gouash than a watercolor.

Blogger is being weird about my posting so I will just wish every one a sunny day.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Old Friends

I was looking through some old notebooks and found Humpty Dumpty, a design I haven't used in several years.
It's on terra cotta, glazed with thee coats of Spectrum #799 Majolica White.  The colors are my own mixed Mason Stains.
This is first step, with all the main design elements painted in.  Next I will put in some background details and wax resist all the painted work.  Then I will work on the background, waxing where needed.  Waxing makes it so much easier as I don't have to worry about background bleeding into the figures.  Any colors that get onto waxed areas I can get off with one of the little eye shadow sponge applicators I keep on hand.  It will be fired at a hot ^05.
 Eventually I will fill the kiln so I can fire.  As soon as my studio warms up a bit I will make a bunch of greenware to go in on separate shelves.  It's one of the advantages to working in low-fire.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Wood Stove Firing

Since my real studio is way too cold for any prolonged work, I have tried firing in my wood stove. This was fired in my Jotel in the top circulator space.  I used my low fire terra cotta and left it in the stove for about twenty-four hours.    I think it's somewhere around ^06.  It feels and sounds the way t.c. is at that temp.  I lightened the photo a bit so some of the detail can be seen.
Next time I'll put some cones in. 
Unlike many years we are still using the wood stove 24/7. 

My hibiscus have started blooming.  These are southern varieties that I winter over inside.  They generally start blooming when the days get longer.
It's nice to have some color inside.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


No not angel cats.  E. Nesbit has written that dragons are simply cats that have not learned to be gentle.These dragons metamorphosing into pussycats.  This will be part of a series showing the complete metamorphosis.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Catching Up

Sometimes it takes me a while.  The bottom picture is the unfired sippers I did last December.  I sold a few of them so in the top photo I only have four of the finished ones to show.  The photo isn't great but it gives a pretty good idea of what the finished sippers look like.

Winter is still the doldrums.  I have been dealing with fighting off the edge of a cold.  Yes it's a cold and not the flu.  I haven't had a cold in years so I have forgotten what it is like.  Mostly I just want to lie around like a sloth.

Toes crossed everyone is enjoying good health.

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