Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Drape Mold Bowls, India Ink, Water Color

The other day I made a couple of drape mold bowls. (I put the wood spoon to show the size). For these bowls I take a slab of clay and drape it over the back of a bowl form. For this one I let it dangle freely and cut off the bottom edges randomly. I took it off the mold when it was still flexible and it splayed out a bit which I wanted. The discoloration on the edges of the clay is the vegetable spray I use to release the clay from a stainless steel form I'm using. It won't be visible after firing.

For this smaller bowl I paddled it close to the form and pressed the seams together. I kept it on the mold till it was more dry and it stayed in an upright shape.

Green ware is piled up every where in the studio, time to get some firing done. Worked at ArtWorks yesterday, maybe today I'll start firing. I need to bring something to ArtWorks to keep me busy when there aren't any customers. I have that crochet doily on the back of the chair because at my last home my cat Betty scratched a lot of holes in the top. The chair is still usable so I make do with the well worn chair. Ha.

I may have to take up India ink drawing again. Something I can do without having to take too many supplies with me to ArtWorks. Maybe I'll put water color or colored pencil on afterwards. Will have to research more about the process. The thing with India ink is once you draw a line, if it's a mistake you can't change it. Maybe I should use pencil to start with. Ha.

The last time I did an India ink drawing was junior high days in summer school. I did mostly architectural drawings. Wish I had some of them now. I might have had a steadier hand back then. We shall see. Yesterday it was 76 F and later this week we're supposed to get below freezing. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Armadillo, Sgraffito or not

Nor long ago my armadillo sgraffito plate sold at ArtWorks. Earlier someone else saw my plate and came back to purchase it and it was already sold. Who knew armadillos were so popular. These are nine banded armadillos. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning 'little armored one'.

Yesterday I decided to make another armadillo in a platter size. I intended to make this one sgraffito but after hand brushing the stains and underglazes, I thought it would be better without the sgraffito. What do you think? There is a lot of variation in color which isn't readily noticeable unless you enlarge the photo. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maple Tree, Maple Leaves

 At the edge of the forest is a beautiful maple tree. It's just now coming into it's own.

With tones of peach, orange, scarlet, and yellow, golden yellow.

 In Summer this tree is a lighter shade of green.

It really stands out in all the seasons. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sweet and Tangy Candy Roaster Soup

Oh boy, this is good soup. Remember the North Georgia Candy Roaster squash I got. Well I finally got around to parboiling the squash and freezing some and I reserved about 4 cups to make the soup.

I sauteed one quarter red onion in some butter in a stock pot. When the onions were soft and translucent I added the parboiled squash cubes (parboiling isn't necessary but I had already done that to freeze some), four cups of water, one large sweet apple cored, peeled and cut, salt and pepper, teaspoon of thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried sage, 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger and a dash of celery seeds. I added some carrots because I had them but next time I won't because they take forever to soften. What's with the store bought carrots nowadays. They're tough as nails. Bring mixture to a boil and then simmer till apples and squash are soft. I cooked this several hours yesterday and when cool I put in refrigerator and then I cooked it again today.

I used my hand held mixer to blend the soup to a puree, then I added three tablespoons of dark brown sugar (be sure to use dark brown sugar since it enhances the color of the soup) and one tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar and simmered the mixture a little longer. At the very end I added one half cup of heavy cream and stirred till well blended.

This is really good soup. Gary's washing the car; he better hurry up and get up here or all eat it all. Ha. I had enough squash to freeze three additional bags of the squash cubes.

Yesterday I made four soup bowls paddled over a hump mold but they're really cereal size. Today I'll make a larger size for soup. Lately I'm going crazy with that terra cotta colored slip. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.