Starting with mason stains and frit I mixed up three samples to test as colorants, leaf green, sage green, and hazelnut brown. I measured 1/2 cup of water in mason jars and added 1/4 teaspoon each of mason stain and frit 3134.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Later I found this vintage French salad serving set on etsy. These are lovely; in comparison my set looks so primitive; I need to perfect my design a bit; but I had to start somewhere. There's more to making a spoon and fork than I realized. Next time I think I'll pinch the fork and spoon sections and roll coils for the handles. I cut the ones above from a slab and then sculpted the ends of the spoon and fork and textured the handles.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
So much for my plan to make smaller items to fill the kiln. Yesterday I managed to roll out a huge slab of clay eighteen by eighteen inches. I decided the size was too nice to use for smaller pieces so I decided to make a large drape molded bowl.
I textured the slab with various texture tools in a random manner. Then I wondered if I had anything large enough to accommodate the draping of this overly large slab of clay.
I remembered I had a large stainless steel bowl I use to mix up my slip and decided it was a good size for the slab. Except the bowl had a lip. So I cut some foam into pieces to tape around the edge of the bowl to keep the lip from cutting the draped slab of clay.