Friday, February 4, 2011

My First Moon Bowl

It's strange how things from the past come back to haunt you in the future. Gary and I went to moon rock beach in Cambria when we were first married. I collected a small moon rock from the beach. I cherished that rock with it's reservoirs which were eroded by the sea. Ten years later we moved to Arkansas and somehow I left the moon rock in my garden in the mountains. Later I remembered it and I missed the moon rock.

Another ten years went by and having moved back to California, we went on another trip to Cambria. My back was really bad then, but after a couple of days I was able to get out a bit and we found another moon beach. I took photographs, but the rocks were too big for me to claim a souvenir to take home. But I took several photographs. I was reviewing my photographs the other day and re-discovered the moon rock photo.

I'm really excited to start making moon bowls. Then there are the moon tiles, a few which I've already made. Now I'm thinking moon plates, paper weights, spoon rest, vases, but especially some type of big sculpture, a moon rock sculpture. I have lots of ideas.

This pinched bowl is a prototype. I pinch the bowl leaving it thick enough to scribe the craters. Then I fill each crater with colored slip. In this case I've used blue slip. I guess this technique is the opposite of a sgraffito. I have some details to work out, but I'm imagining every color of the rainbow for the moon series, even lusters come to my mind. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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  1. Linda, I think this is a really cool idea! great surface treatment. In one workshop I took, we applied a red iron oxide stain, fired to bisque, then put a black glossy glaze on and washed it off, the black hung around in the crevices and gave a really nice look. I could see something like that on your moon pieces.

  2. very nice... how big is this bowl?

  3. Love the moon bowl! Very cool and creative! Have a great weekend!

  4. That is so cool. I like Tracy's suggestion very much. The darker wash could give a lot of depth to the craters. I love the organic feel of the piece.

  5. Really like this piece. Very unique.

  6. Hi Linda, thanks so much.

    Hi Judy, thanks,

    Hi Tracey, thanks, I'd like to see some stains in the crevices I'll have to try that I may have to make a bunch and do them as test tiles, now on to make more irregular crevices.

    Hi Michele, thanks, this is only about 5 x 4 inches. Plan to do bigger ones though.

    Hi Marguerite, thanks, you too I just know you'll be cooking and dancing up a storm.

    Hi Cindy, thanks, yeah I was hoping for an organic feel to it, I plan on doing different top edge treatments too.

    Hi Patti, thanks, I want to do more with irregular crevices, now that I see the photo and the bowl next to one another in this post.


I love suggestions, questions, critiques, thanks for your comment