Monday, July 29, 2013
25, 26, 27, 28
Finally, four more pitchers. I was really pleased with this batch.
25- porcelain, thrown, handbuilt spout, carved. I really didn't know what to do with this pitcher when it came time to glaze it but wound up choosing the bucket of "mystery glaze". This is an ever-changing bucket of glaze solids left over from my day's glazing. I wash my brushes in a bowl of water as I'm working and at the end of the session, there is a half-inch or so of glaze sludge at the bottom of the bowl. I mix the water and glaze up and pour it into the 2 gallon bucket, let it settle, scoop out some of the clear water (for the next round of glazing), then mix the resulting glaze with my drill attachment and dip vases, pitchers, bowls into the resulting glaze. This time last year it was a light celadon green, but this year it is a transparent glossy pale blue. Because I am mostly working with white, clear, and aqua glazes right now they form the base, and odd bits of cobalt wash also wind up in the bucket. It's one piece of my sustainability practice. I only wish it were as easy to recycle my clay!
26- also porcelain, thrown, trimmed, and cut away for the spout. Floral mishma decoration that turned out quite well here but I'm not sure I'll use it again. I was working with this sketch-like floral design for wedding platters but they don't work as well as I'd like somehow. Still, this is pretty.
27- front- a shamm, short, squared off stoneware with cascading circles in cobalt mishima. The spout is handbuilt and added when the body was leather hard. This is one of my favorite new patterns.
28- rear- stoneware pitcher, thrown in two pieces. I went back to my love of antique china for this one and added a scalloped border at the top and bottom, painted with cobalt wash. I used the edge of one of my platter templates to make the scallops and will repeat this for my work for the cookbook I'm working on.
This is our last week of "summer". School begins next Monday and we have lots to pack in this week. I'm looking forward to a regular routine and work days again, and being in this space a bit more regularly.
Have a lovely week, friends.