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.