Open Studios Art Tour
Thank you neighbors, friends, visitors from near and far, who stopped by my Studio this weekend!
Thank you, neighbors, friends, visitors from near and far who stopped by my Studio this last weekend!
I've noted several suggestions:
- larger serving bowl
- honey jars with integrated honey spoon/thing
- red clay bowls glazed with the liner glaze inside and outside;
over the red clay, the liner appears gray
- more wares in the Teal Blue
- dinner plate sets
- larger ramen style bowl, with cover and integrated chopstick holder
Very pleased with this teapot; it pours nicely!
The two tea mugs are very close to the same size - the camera I'm using distorts close ups.
Here the liner glaze is waxed over the rim and down the inside an inch or so, ready for the outside to be glazed.
After the wax is fully dry, I'm cutting with a razor knife and wiping away the excess liner glaze off with a sponge.
The chatter marks are filled with glaze. I'm dampening with a sponge, brushing the glaze over the marked area, then wiping away the excess with a sponge.
See Tony Hansen's video clip: (185) Liner Glazing a Stoneware Mug - YouTube
Unloaded Saturday's bisque load yesterday, got a good start on sanding off any rough spots, inspection, and washing off; looking to finish the rest today, then liner glaze the whole lot.
How the pot will feel when finished is revealed at this stage, it's fun!
A customer asked for covered Ramen bowls last year; I've been working on them! These prototypes are wider across the bottom than my other bowls, which allows for more volume for the same height and width.
The teapot is a bit bigger than earlier prototypes, and it pours well.
Last glaze load has been inspected, the bases polished smooth, washed, priced, and put away*.
I'd picked up some Laguna Speckled Buff and IMCO Red Velvet clays to test when last traveling; I really like both of them, will get more next time!
The Teal Blue glaze melts late in the firing, and does not move much. As the glaze dried after dipping, cracks formed at the handle join on all the Teal Blue mugs in this load. The other glazes I use will typically flow back together when they melt; the Teal Blue did not. All the Teal Blue mugs from this load will be drilled for use as planters. There will be more Teal Blue mugs in future!
The "Helper" bowls curve inward at the rim.
At last Spring's "Art in the Garden" event, a parent and adult child had inquired about a bowl design that would help the elder load their spoon and keep it loaded. These are the prototypes; when one has loaded their spoon, drag up the side of the bowl, where the back curve helps keep the spoon loaded, then tuck the bowl edge under the chin and lift that spoon straight in.
The carved foot provides a secure grip for the bowl hand. The chattered texture - which adds some interest and color to the ware - adds some grip for the bowl hand.
*I needed counterspace for the next load, which is in the kiln right now!