Continuing on my from my previous post with some of the bigger pieces from my "Get a Grip" handles-oriented ceramics course... These are all made from white stoneware, which has been a delight to work with.
As before, please let me know which pieces, if any, you find appealing or amusing, or have any comments or suggestions for what to try next...
I was not very excited by this piece, but surprisingly my husband liked it, and commented on it that the colours were good, and it seemed pretty practical, too. It could easily hold dips (e.g. salsa and sour cream), or candies, or other snacks.
We use Cone 10 glazes, and surprisingly, my notes say that I dipped in Copper Red (!) at the bottom, then Deep Blue inside and at the top. I can't see how this is Copper Red, it looks more like a Clear or White, although there is a trace of a reddish smudge between the two bowls (barely visible in the bottom right photo). I have found the glazing a bewildering process, and one of the most challenging parts of the learning so far. You never seem to know what you are going to get. And, despite my instructor's suggestion to stick to single glazes, I find that I need to experiment with layering different colours, and the result is quite unpredictable.
Anyhow, my oversized candy bowl was dipped with Bamboo inside and on the rim, then dipped the outside in Matt Green, and the handle (which was mostly done with a brush) in Deep Blue. I really like the bamboo and Matt Green combination. I'm not so sure I like the contrast of the Deep Blue, but at least the colour is stunning. What do you think? What colour would you have picked for the handle?
I dipped the whole piece in the "revived" Celadon. There is a whole story behind this glaze, which was lost on me, but my classmates who have been doing ceramics for years remember this older recipe for the Celadon, which was replaced by a newer Celadon, but people liked the older Celadon, so that one has been revised. Anyhow, the combination of the Turquoise and Celadon is really lovely, in my opinion. What do you think? I'd try this combination again.
The piece was dipped in Matt Green at an angle, then the whole piece dipped in Deep Blue. I like that combination, even though it is a bit strong. The lid fits fairly well, although it is definitely not circular. It has one orientation which fits better than the others.
I learned a bit more about the glazes. Look how the stars at the bottom have pretty much retained their shape, the glaze pooling around them, but not running over top. The stars on the top seem to have melted/run. I bet there would be a different effect also if I had sprayed only a thin layer of glaze. Fascinating.
I used pretty much the same technique in bowl #18 (see previous post), but the Deep Blue over Ash Yellow ran even more, leaving only smears behind, instead of stars. I think I like the stars better!
Just after I took the photo in the top left, I realized that my 12 year old had discovered that the 3-bowl container #20 could double as a drum set. I was amused, so have included this photo in the mosaic, even though he will be annoyed at me for doing so. As his mom, I think I have the right.
I don't know what to think of this little piece, it looks like a very small bathtub to me. It was one of our class assignments, to create a "casserole dish" (not that I can appreciate what to do with that, especially such a miniature version of one). It was thrown as a round bowl, and then the base cut on two sides while still fresh, the sides pushed in gently, and reattached to the base. Then the outside edge trimmed off. All while the clay is soft. Pretty cool technique. The bowl also features a hollow rim, which gives the piece substance without become heavy.
This one was dipped in Carbon Trap Shino.
Anyhow, I made them at the end of a day when I was too tired and my wrists hurt too much to throw more pieces. They are just cut from a slab, and imprinted with a patterned roller. I didn't do a great job at finishing them, because I ended up pressed for time, and was tired, and since I got hooked on the wheel, can't get myself excited about hand building any more. So I'll offer them to Lily, but won't be disappointed if she doesn't find them useful. I didn't even ask her what shape she wanted for her soap dish (there are many different kinds out there, and I'm not used to any of them, having used liquid hand soap for many years myself).
These were also dipped in the "revived" Celadon. I think it is a very pleasant and natural colour, and the texture shows through quite well.
Anyhow, I wasn't sure how much the pattern would show through, since I could barely see the indentation on the raw clay, and even the bisqued piece. So I cut a fluted/scalloped rim, so at least the shape would be interesting, in case the texture wasn't. I discovered this glaze combination from a classmate, who used Ash Yellow dipped in Deep Blue to a wonderful effect. I decided to go with more reddish tones for my rose bowl, so tried Ash Yellow then Khaki. The first time, it failed completely, and the Khaki wouldn't dry, even after waiting 20 minutes. I suspect I hadn't stirred the glaze adequately. Anyhow, I ended up washing the glaze off, and waiting for the following week to try again, this time successfully.
I really love the richness of this glaze combination, and the texture is beautifully accented. The Khaki has pooled a bit in the inside bottom, and it is clear even on the outside that the Khaki is thicker or darker at the bottom of the bowl. So I may try a similar combination some time, but spray on the top layer, to see what that does.
I would love to hear from you what your thoughts are, and if you are a friend or family member, please hint at me if you'd like to receive any of these for Christmas or other occasions.
I will post the final 3 pieces after Christmas, so I won't ruin the surprise.