Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Golden Eyed Garden Goddess
One of the hardest things for me is trying to decide how to glaze certain pieces. Sometimes I have an definite idea, but other times I have no idea which glaze would complement a piece. While the kiln was firing I was hoping the lips on this golden eyed garden goddess didn't turn out too red. You know what I mean, kind of garish red. Somehow I just couldn't make the lips green. Boy did I luck out this time.
Not only that, but one of the leaves broke off when I was sanding it before the glaze load and I patched it back on with the vinegar slip and it held! Doubly lucky for me. As I look at the piece I think I could have glazed the flowers the same color as the lips, maybe I'll make another one and try that.
I remember studying Greek and Roman mythology in college and was fascinated. I loved the stories surrounding the myths and the gods. I've just been reading in Greek mythology the three Hesperides or nymphs were keepers of a garden which contained the tree with golden apples. The glow from these apples were thought to provide the light and brilliant color of sunsets. Now I find it interesting that I chose to make the eyes of the garden goddess gold in color along with the pink lips. Stay tuned for more pots from this firing. Also we took a short trip to the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs and to Honeymoon Island. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.