Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wall Pocket

Yesterday I made a textured wall pocket and added a pink dogwood. The wall pocket is about 14 inches long. I see my slot is slightly off kilter. I made a slot instead of a hole so the pocket can be slid in either direction to keep it hanging true. My plan is to leave the exterior unglazed, glazing only the interior, maybe with a clear. I'll see what color this speckled brownstone fires. Every time I say wall pocket I think of that ad on TV that's for hot pockets. Funny how certain jingles stick in my mind.

What do you think, is this scilla or grape hyacinth? Here's a link to the other blue flowers I posted which I think are scilla and they finished blooming so I think this bulb is something else. These flowers stand about 12 inches tall and rise above the greenery. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pressure Washing

 Yesterday was dry and warm so Gary pressure washed the decks.

The decks look so much better. We didn't realize how much dirt was embedded in them. We'll get a stain to put on them to help preserve them. Do you have any recommendations on stains or hints on applying it?
I got up fairly early this morning and heard a noise outside; it was possum visiting the cat water bowl. I was wishing I had some brown clay so I could make another sgraffito possum platter like the one above. Highwater Clay doesn't have a dark brown clay I may have to order some from Standard Clay.

Seems as though the hibernators are waking up; on the way to the Helen Arts Center I saw a yearling black bear on the top of the mountain. I immediately thought of Teresa Evangeline's poem Black Bear Wakes. I slowed down in case the bear ran in front of me and he turned to look at me over his shoulder. I wish I had my camera with me. I took some work to the Helen Arts Center for their next art show in May and I also took some greenware to be fired. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hanging In There

Yesterday (please do see previous post, looks like the feed didn't pick up my post) I posted about How To Hang It wanting to develop a hanging mechanism for  my tiles that didn't involve using a piece of wood glued on the reverse. I made a tile but didn't like the mechanism so I revised it again. The tile above is in the trees. I was going to apply a dogwood blossom to this one but didn't want to cover up the trees.

 I've come up with what I'm calling a reverse frame hanging mechanism.

 When I first made it I put the holes in the wrong direction so I covered them up and put them in horizontally.

I made another dogwood to attach to the tile but I liked the carved tree tile so much I decided to leave the dogwood off. I've placed it in a bag and hopefully I can re-use it on another tile. I might make some more of these carved tree tiles. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to Hang It ?

The other day I worked on a sculptural wall tile prototype. In making the tile the question of how to hang it came up. How to hang ceramic tiles is an age old dilemma for many potters who make tiles. I've been wanting to change my tile hanging mechanism from a glued on wood or D hook to an integral system where I can attach a wire on the  reverse side of the tile.

I think a different method will be more secure in the long run. For this sculptural wall tile I've made a circular frame shape on the reverse with two holes in the sides where I can attach a wire. I can see the outline of the form beneath since I used thin strips of clay, so I'll make the tile portion thicker and try again. I'm happy with the dogwood flower though.

After reading about Meredith's problems with the glue she's been using this morning, I plan to do more research and trials on tile hanging systems next week. I found this article at Ceramics Arts Daily about a lug hanging system but drying the tile upside down won't work for my three dimensional tile. Some of the comments in the article suggest other methods of hanging tiles. I'll be thinking about those as well. I tried gluing tiles to plexiglas in the past but the glue failing is always the limiting factor. If  you have any suggestions on how to hang wall tiles please let me know. Happy Easter Happy Spring to you all. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.