Well, the rain has changed my plans today, which was to spend some time working in my garden, and I don't feel motivated to clean and tidy the house, so I am going to post the remaining items. With the exception of more small pitcher which I didn't recognize earlier, so hopefully it is still waiting for me on the shelves when I check next week. I am looking forward to my next course starting Wednesday. It is taught by a number of different instructors, to get different perspectives. I think that will be fun. Anyhow I have plenty of ideas of things I want to try, no matter what course I'm signed up for.
One thing I have learned is that each person has a very unique style and preference, and so I am not afraid to stick with mine. In this past course, my instructor Jay tried to discourage me from using the sprayer for glazing. In his experience, and his style of ceramics, dipping has worked fine. But most of my experiences with dipped glazes have been fairly disappointing, and the pieces I have been most pleased with have been the ones I spent the time (which doesn't really seem like longer time, other than the preparation and cleanup) to spray. This became obvious to me in this course, where I sprayed many of my pieces with Clear. When I've dipped them, the Clear has gone on too thick, producing a pasty finish and very obvious crazing, which interferes with the colours and design. These pieces also demonstrate the advantages of spraying.
#30 from my previous course) which was formed by a slab pressed onto a deeply textured glass bowl. This one was based on a Mikasa "Bountiful" tray. I love the cherry pattern. I would have liked to enhance the cherries with bright red underglaze, and the leaves with green, but I didn't have access to the underglazes at the time. So I dipped the whole piece in Tam's Green, and then my notes seem to say I sprayed the top with Tenmoku, although I don't see a colour difference from top to bottom, so the Tenmoku may have sank inside. Anyhow, the textures have shown up quite well, so I think this is an experiment I will try again. The whole piece is very lightweight, so would work well as a serving tray.
The bottom of the bowl slumped a bit during the glaze firing and the glazed picked up some of the kiln shelf (which can be scraped/scrubbed off, but will never be completely smooth), so next time I'll know to place the button feet wider, and probably will use 4 or 5 instead of 3.
That's it for now, until I find that remaining pitcher.
By the way, I commented on some of these being adoption candidates, but please let me know of ANY of the pieces you love, or like, or are somewhat intrigued by, and you may find these in your home.