Tuesday, June 15, 2010
If I was a kid again, I'd like this plate, because each type of food will stay separate from the other. The plate has four depressions in each corner and it raises up between each square and in the middle. This is my square sushi plate which I've revived here with a turkey oak leaf motif. When I impressed the leaves, the veins were barely visible, so I decided to paint them with stained slip. The gold is supposed to be chartreuse. I'm anxious to see how the color fires.
The electrician is coming tomorrow to install breakers and plugs for my new Skutt kiln and for my old kiln. I figure I might as well wire for both since having two will be handy. I can probably use the old one for bisque and the new one for glaze firings. That reminds me I've got to find out if I can get corelite shelves to fit this kiln.
If you recall I had some cracking issues with the frost porcelain I was using for a couple of pieces. I decided to remake them in a stoneware clay. I painted white slip over the bowl and then the design, but I wish I had used more than one coat of white slip. I wanted the background to be whiter.
I redid the fish on a platter instead of a plate. The fish is supposed to be an orange color and I used a lot of stain in the slip. Another color mystery waiting to be fired.
Now that I've settled in a new location, I find my horizons are broadening. In keeping with my seemingly unquenchable quest, I've added a separate blogroll titled Art, Design, Food, Literature, Garden and More. I also add to the ceramics blogroll. If you want to be added or have an interesting blog to recommend, please let me know. As I'm writing, I'm thinking, I need to organize the blogrolls and I could shorten the new title to 'Other Horizons' which would cover all topics. What do you think?
I found some beautiful heart shaped leaves as we were leaving an outdoor art faire this past weekend. I came home and made this square platter and four matching appetizer plates to go with it. Again the leaf pattern was barely visible, so I painted it with the two tone slip.
Then I saw this same vine somewhere else. All of a sudden I thought to myself, I hope this isn't kudzu I am giving homage to on a platter and matching plates. Much to my chagrin, I did some research and these leaves are indeed from the kudzu vine. Oh well, perhaps I can consider the plates educational. If you see this aggressive noxious vine growing, pull it out and make sure you get the crown to help prevent it from coming back.
Come back next time for a post about the wood turning demonstration I attended. After that Gary will be back with his motel from h*** story. Comments and suggestions are welcome.