Friday, November 5, 2010
Ain't She Sweet
Came across my high school graduation photo sorting for the yard sale this weekend. Was feeling a little melancholy at my former youthful look, then a song came to mind, "I ask you confidentially, ain't she sweet, see her walking down the street, ain't she sweet". After listening to the song, I was feeling chipper again. Ah, the innocence and beauty of youth.
Been working on bowl details, these small ones are to go with a the large one I made recently. What do you think, do you like sets of pottery? Like a large serving bowl and four small bowls to match? I like making them and they stack nicely.
You probably can't see it, but I used two texture tools, a finger nail brush and a steel wool pad and pounded them lightly and randomly into the clay. Then I apply the blue slip, then the coral slip, then I slip on the black flowers. I apply the slip on wet clay and let each layer dry a bit before adding the next layer.
By the time I place the forms over a hump mold, the clay has firmed up to a soft and supple leather hard. I used two small round cutouts for the foot and add the feet at the end. These feet are much better than my previous hand scribed ones.
I've been trying to pay closer attention to the bottom as well as the top surface of plates and bowls. I was going to add one small black flower on the back but it slipped my mind (no pun intended). Ha! Oh gee, forgot to sign my name, I usually sign in the middle of the foot. I'll have to use an oxide pencil I guess. More after the yard sale this weekend.