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Friday, November 21, 2014

Something's gonna be cooking

Yesterday "dear blogger" wouldn't let me post so I hope today I'm fortunate.

These 3 casseroles are made the same...Speckled Brownstone stoneware clay, with interiors in Satin White glaze and exteriors in Bermuda Green (a mix of the mason stain of the same name with Satin White glaze).

The smallest one has a lid which doesn't fit well.  I should be glad that it's too small rather than too large, I guess.  I'll sell it as a second, if I'm lucky.

The living room is covered with pottery, being priced and wrapped and packed.  I've got the Tailgate Holiday Market tomorrow morning 10-1...same place in Black Mountain behind the First Baptist Church under the trees off Montreat Rd.

Two more sales are coming up in the first weekend of December.  I'm skipping anything to do with sales over the Thanksgiving weekend...am seeing some family members after a long time missing them.  But if I see any pretty pottery, I'll take some photos and share with you!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The least of these

Consider this a work in progress...I've got intense cobalt stain permanently in most of the clay, but then, some places are paler, which doesn't look quite right.  So I'm going to do some more finishing touches.  This forest project piece is the least favorite of mine.  It may become garbage, who knows.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More sculpted trees

I want to stain the pedestal darker, so it sets off the roots.  Just need to get out the paintbrush.

Then there are the little trees that go together with this sculpture...

Or are they really mushrooms?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Forest Project revisited

This time of year my creativity turns to sculptures, because my retail pottery sales are just about over with the holiday shows.

In the meantime, I do hope to make some space on my shelves for lovelies like this piece.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turquoise or green...?

Bermuda green is a mason stain, which is added to satin white glaze for this pale turquoise effect on a stoneware.
These all have the same "celadon" glaze one them, but the mug to the left is made of white clay, Little Loafers, while the set on the right are made with a stoneware, Speckled Brownstone.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Up the hill today

I walked up to my neighbor's studio. Sarah Vekasi is having a Studio Home Sale today and tomorrow, (9-5).  She's a talented and productive young potter.

Sarah opened her kiln for new works

I walked up the hill with Andrea (on r), who now lives across the street from me.

I hope if you're anywhere near Asheville, NC, you'll come visit her, and enjoy the beautiful (but cold) day today. 

I came down the hill with a Sarah Sunshine mug! That's her house behind me.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Clay Studio update

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Clay Studio blog
is here...http://blackmountainartsclay.blogspot.com/

Not many people read it and that's ok.  There's no secret about it being linked through another link or so on the BMCA web page. (Here's the web page for the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, which offers lots of other programs and classes!)

I posted on it the last 2 posts about our Clay Club meeting.  Come over and see the fun of potters eating, and view some still photos of the video of Charles and Don (and others) firing an Anagama wood kiln at N. Artizona U. in the 90s

Incidentally, I did start something new yesterday, and didn't get more plate holders...but picked up several boxes of my favorite clay Little Loafers, a cone 6 white that throws and sculpts easily.