Saturday, November 28, 2015

Glazed Owl Bud Vases

Here are the glazed owl bud vases. I'm still torn on which forms I like best. I have some cheeky cats and a friendly bear ready to fire, all thrown on the wheel, so we'll see how the glazing might evolve.

In the photo above, the 2 larger vases with polka dots and green and blue stripes are handbuilt while the other three were wheel thrown. I used white earthenware low fire clay and amaco underglazes fired to cone 06 I believe. The surface decoration features stamping, impressing, and scoring with a needle tool. I used black velvet underglaze to accentuate the scored outlines. I think I like the black lines better than the turquoise lines on the right.
Overall I'm pleased with the results - this is my first attempt- but still trying to find the perfect techniques to achieve the look I'm going for. I have them for sale in my etsy shop Tiny Happiness.

I've also got some cloud magnets on the way. :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Owl Bud Vases

I have been working on these new bud vases. Little owls with eyes that hint at their personalities.
This is the very first batch and I'm still not decided which shapes I like best...a few of them are hand-built and the rest are thrown on a wheel. Some are pushed out to form volume for wings or faces and others are left smooth.
This is also new territory for me on the wheel. My mother brought her old brent wheel to me and I'm trying to reintroduce myself to it. Reintroduction from a very short and informal class some 8 years ago mind you, so I'm kind of teaching myself blindly. I suppose I should watch some youtube videos to jog my memory on how to throw clay.
Glazing is another area where I'm pretty incompetent. I'm not sure what I'm doing but am trying to have fun. Hopefully if I keep experimenting I'll discover the look I am going for.
Happy Friday!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Magnetic Clouds

Cloud magnets in the works! Can't wait to get them glazed and on the fridge.