Friday, October 31, 2014

Chemical Experiments

After I loaded a bisque yesterday I decided to experiment with some chemicals I had from a long time ago. They were stored in little containers and not very well marked. I think they are ochre, cobalt, copper, and red iron oxide.

I made a wash with some water and brushed the mixture on some of my ornaments and a couple of vases. I have no idea what these chemicals will look like after they are fired. I'll probably put a clear glaze over the top.

I broke one of my driftwood handled baskets. Also one bowl had a crack in the rim and one plate was badly warped so those didn't get fired. Tomorrow is a white rabbit day and we're supposed to get snow. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Drape Mold Bowls, India Ink, Water Color

The other day I made a couple of drape mold bowls. (I put the wood spoon to show the size). For these bowls I take a slab of clay and drape it over the back of a bowl form. For this one I let it dangle freely and cut off the bottom edges randomly. I took it off the mold when it was still flexible and it splayed out a bit which I wanted. The discoloration on the edges of the clay is the vegetable spray I use to release the clay from a stainless steel form I'm using. It won't be visible after firing.

For this smaller bowl I paddled it close to the form and pressed the seams together. I kept it on the mold till it was more dry and it stayed in an upright shape.

Green ware is piled up every where in the studio, time to get some firing done. Worked at ArtWorks yesterday, maybe today I'll start firing. I need to bring something to ArtWorks to keep me busy when there aren't any customers. I have that crochet doily on the back of the chair because at my last home my cat Betty scratched a lot of holes in the top. The chair is still usable so I make do with the well worn chair. Ha.

I may have to take up India ink drawing again. Something I can do without having to take too many supplies with me to ArtWorks. Maybe I'll put water color or colored pencil on afterwards. Will have to research more about the process. The thing with India ink is once you draw a line, if it's a mistake you can't change it. Maybe I should use pencil to start with. Ha.

The last time I did an India ink drawing was junior high days in summer school. I did mostly architectural drawings. Wish I had some of them now. I might have had a steadier hand back then. We shall see. Yesterday it was 76 F and later this week we're supposed to get below freezing. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Armadillo, Sgraffito or not

Nor long ago my armadillo sgraffito plate sold at ArtWorks. Earlier someone else saw my plate and came back to purchase it and it was already sold. Who knew armadillos were so popular. These are nine banded armadillos. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning 'little armored one'.

Yesterday I decided to make another armadillo in a platter size. I intended to make this one sgraffito but after hand brushing the stains and underglazes, I thought it would be better without the sgraffito. What do you think? There is a lot of variation in color which isn't readily noticeable unless you enlarge the photo. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maple Tree, Maple Leaves

 At the edge of the forest is a beautiful maple tree. It's just now coming into it's own.

With tones of peach, orange, scarlet, and yellow, golden yellow.

 In Summer this tree is a lighter shade of green.

It really stands out in all the seasons. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.