Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Results

Here are a few more results from the last firing. This bowl came out wonderful, except two small pieces of sand or something are embedded in the bottom of the bowl. Why is there always an except?

The bowl is about 5h x 9w inches. Do you think I could grind out the sand specks with a dremmel? Even though they are small they are rough to the hand. I thought I could put tape around the specks and that way the dremmel wouldn't slip and scratch the surrounding surface. What do you think? I'll plan to keep it for my own use, but don't want to cut my finger on it.

I put the grid texture on the back of the bowl so when I pick it up with one hand my hand doesn't accidentally slip. Just that little bit of texture on the outside of the bowl makes a big difference to feeling more secure in my hand carrying or washing the bowl. The indentation at the rim is great for leaning a spoon against and not having it fall back into the food.

Here are three small flower bowls with the same glaze with cut petals and rims. I think these would be good for candy dishes or ring bowls or whatever your imagination comes up with.

I'm calling these two flower bowls twin sisters. Is it fraternal or paternal that aren't exactly alike? Anyway the spots you see are glass that melted flush with the glaze. I think I can use this glaze with this glass to advantage in a wall sculpture. It's right at the tip of my mind's eye; it'll come to me real soon, I just know it.

Here's a couple of close ups to see how they look.

The glass I'm using is from a pile I've had for eons. Might as well recycle it. I've had quite a few emails and calls from my display at the library, folks wanting to take classes and nice compliments too. I plan on putting this same display in the other county libraries and looking for other locations too. After a day and a half, four phone calls, and driving to the cable office, I'm back online now and am now behind in other areas. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. very pretty glaze color. I'm sure you could dremel out the sand, I also use emory cloth to sand down little rough spots after the dremel. It's the black sand paper that you can use wet or dry, very soft, not abrasive but it takes down rough spot like magic.

  2. Love the flower bowls, very cool! And great about the positive feedback from the library! Life does tend to take over occasionally, doesn't it? :)

  3. "Excepts" are what distinguish handcrafted work from manufactured work. However if it is abrasive to touch, perhaps Tracey has the answer.

  4. Hi Tracey, thanks so much, I'll give it a try and see how it does, that bowl was just too nice to toss. I might try sand paper first and then if that doesn't do it the dremmel.

    Hi Marguerite, thanks, yes life takes over I just wish folks were efficient in their jobs so I didn't have to keep calling and calling.

    Hi Patti, thanks, if the spots were on the bottom I wouldn't mind, but inside not good. I hope the sanding works.

  5. we dremel what i call "kiln crud" all the time... at least you can use it for yourself or sell it as a second (if you sell seconds ever). like Tracey i use the black sandpaper.

  6. Hi Cindy, thanks so much.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I'll try sanding it, never done that for the inside before just the bottoms.


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