Monday, October 12, 2015

New Stuff

I've been working on a new mug design.  I dreamed about it last week and have been working on it through the week end.  So far this has been the only save.  I'm working on proportion, handle, and feet.  In other words the whole kit and kaboodle.  This has been a most enjoyable process.  I'm considering various glaze ideas too. 

These are little whisky or punch cups I have also been experimenting with.  Since I learned how to do tripods I am putting them on anything that requires a foot!

I make them over barely blown up water balloons.  The yellow and blue are ready to be removed; the red is obviously deflated.  The two in front are in the finishing process.  The rims need to be smoother, the feet refined.  I always brush on a coat of slip made from my clay body.  This gives me a smooth surface to work on; it also polishes nicely with a bit of chamois.

I sort of indulged myself in buying myself a new notebook.  I don't really consider it an indulgence as I have become extremely tired of dealing with cheap notebooks with low quality paper.  Strat 400, 80 lb. is a good all around surface which takes pencil, charcoal, aquarelle and others mediums extremely well.  I know some like to 'draw' on computers and ipads, but for me nothing beats the feel of pencil or brush moving on the surface of the paper.

I initially wanted a little fancier cover and then realized I could do what I wanted with the cover to make it my own!

Sunny day today; yard work to be done.

As always, thanks for stopping by............*s*


  1. I just taught my students to make vessels with these kids of feet but I never thought of the balloons. I love it.

  2. Hi Lori....I find something very appealing in tripod feet, I use balloons as forms in all different sizes. They can be a little difficult to work with at first,making slabs a little thicker than usual helps.

  3. I just posted about sketchbooks and then came here to read your post!
    Love those little feet. They look like they are ready to waddle across the table.

    1. Hi Michele....Thanks; that's just the effect I wanted.
      I have far too many sketchbooks, do you?

    2. too many sketchbooks with too many empty pages... I am determined to turn a new leaf as soon as our studio and gallery are completed!

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    1. Hi Gary.....Little Feet indeed! Are you remembering the band?

  5. Dearest Suzi,
    What a fun idea with those barely inflated balloons! Oh, the excitement of trying something new and different, we all know that thrill. Cute tripods and you will manage to show some completed versions with special character.
    Your Notebook is a very clever purchase and it is true that often the quality is mediocre at best.
    Sending you hugs for a happy weekend.

    1. Hi Mariette....I am having a lot of fun with experimenting with different types of feet and shoes!
      We are having a sunny cooler weekend. No frost yet!
      Happy weekend!


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