Friday, May 7, 2010

Flowers and Fish

Flowers and fish are both abundant in Florida, so I was inspired to make this large (l x 16.5 x 12 inch) fish platter. I placed a slab of frost porcelain in a slump mold. I planned to mix up a fresh batch of blue, green, and black frost slip, but couldn't find those mason stains either. I know I had those three mason stains in the RV. All my recent slip work is blue, green or black since I couldn't find the other colors of mason stains I ordered before we left California.

I'm ordering more mason stains today; I have so many pieces I want to make with so many different colors. For this fish platter I used slip I made over a year ago from B-Mix. I hope B-mix slip is compatible with the frost porcelain. I plan to darken the black outlines on the fish when the slip dries a bit.

I made this large (4 x 13 inch) textured bowl in class. The rolling pins there are made of wood and slivers come out in the clay, not to mention I have to clean it every time I use it, before and after. I always put it back clean, but no one else seems to clean it. I purchased a fiberglass rolling pin while I was traveling in the RV and I've been spoiled using that one.

I really need to get all the boxes off the top of the slab roller so I can use it. Oh no, I just realized the boxes Gary stacked on the roller may crease the canvas. We keep moving things from room to room trying to do painting and repairs. I feel like I'm going around in circles and not getting anywhere with this home remodel.

I can't wait to get more mason stains since I'm really inspired to make flowers and fish decorations right now. Here's a white giant bird of paradise and an orange crane flower or bird of paradise flowers.

Lavender blue jacaranda trees are in bloom now too. What a tropical paradise it is here.

Today I'm taking my greenware to be fired. I hope to get some bisque back by next week and hopefully put a piece or two in a raku firing. Nothing like the possibility of a raku firing to motivate me. Comments and suggestions are welcome.


  1. I am seeing more and more Florida showing up in your work. I love your fish! Even the bowl reminds me of a coral reef. If it wasn't intended that way maybe it is your subconscious at work.

  2. love the fish platter!!!

  3. Hi Paula, thanks, I am really getting the tropical feel here, that's for sure.

    Hi Kim, thanks, I just finished re-outlining the black slip and the platter looks much better.

    Hi 蘇pet0701em_halvorsen, thanks, perhaps I am saying too much?

  4. Linda- you never say too much!
    Love the new work and like you know- teaching students to clean is important!
    I love the blooming flowers and trees and can't wait to see more.


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