Friday, September 20, 2013

Sometimes The Magic Works.....


In this case the kiln gods worked overtime.  I am really pleased with the entire firing.

I am particularly happy with the fish platter.  In the bisque I had some strange white chunks of frit rise to the surface.  I can only think that I did not reprocess the clay enough.  The frit make an amazingly strong body but it can be problematic if not recycled carefully.

I took my dremel drill and drilled out all the white chunks I then mixed frit 3124 to a paste with the Spectrum commercial white glaze that I use and filled all the holes, then sanded them smooth.  I then used the same glaze on the platter. 

 I have done this successfully in the distant past, but only with commercial glazes.  Someday I may experiment on test pieces using my studio glazes.  I always say I'll use test bowls or plates, but I often end up experimenting on whatever pots I have at hand.



This is a new handbuilt mug form.  It holds about 14 oz. or a bottle of beer.  I am trying different lip angles.  I like the look, but am not sure if buyers would take to it.

I think these would also be a good tumbler shape.  I find that with the glazes and designs that I use simple forms work best for me.


This is my Humpty Dumpty cookie jar.  It's probably not terrific to laugh at my own work but this one makes me smile.




Wynken, Blynken and Nod has been a favorite children's poem since I was a little girl.  I love children's   poems and stories.  They provide such great opportunities for illustrations.




These are some of the pieces that are going in the show that am in.  It opens this coming Thursday, May 27 I'm not sure where the time has gone, but for a change I feel ready.

This post will also be over on Mud Colony.  Take a look at what is going on world wide in clay.

AND.......

An early Saturday morning addition.  I was out with Winter as the sun was just coming up (a rosy fingered dawn indeed) when I saw that a moon flower had finally bloomed.  I am always thrilled when I see their ghostly white flowers floating in the night, or in this case, dawn!



Here's hoping for a long, mild fall!

Don't forget Mud Colony!

Enjoy the week end, and, as always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*


14 comments:

  1. Dearest Suzi,
    WOW, you are quite an artist; love your colorful illustrations. Something to admire!
    Happy Weekend to you.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette.....Thanks. It's often frustrating but when everything works it's the top of the world!

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  2. your humpty dumpty made me smile too :^) love the bags of repair products :^)

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    1. Hi Anna....Thanks. I think in this case the King's Men would be workmen not knights!

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  3. Love the whimsy of them all especially the fallen humpty dumpty, even fallen Humpty Dumpty has a smile on his face, good luck in the show, hope you can post photos of the show too.

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    1. Hi Linda.....As my Nanu used to say, "Humpty was rather full of himself!"

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  4. Its a wonderfully rare kiln load when you're happy with everything! Huzzah for you Suzi :) Cheers, Rachel.

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    1. Hi Rachel....Those rare great loads are the frosting on the cake!

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  5. What a great fish platter...and thanks so much for the story of your patchwork...you are right about your art...simple forms go best with glorious surface paintings. If you were to do your art on a canvass it would lose the feelings that it has on ceramics...not to mention would not last half as well as glazes. Good medium!

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    1. Hi Barb....Working on glaze is what adds the extra depth to my color and design. I work on watercolor paper sometimes. The difference is amazing. Thanks.

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  6. I am digging that fish!
    Wildflower, you know I love them.
    I did not plant any this year, I miss them

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  7. You know that was to be moon flower, that auto correct is evil.

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    1. Hi Meredith....Auto correct is the bane and torment of my life when I am blogging. My original plantings of morning glories and moon flowers rotted away in the June monsoon. These are from plants I bought and planted in late July. I know what you mean about missing the flowers you grow every year.
      Thanks for the fish.

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  8. Congratulations! Your style fits really well with majolica! : )

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