Sunday, October 2, 2011


Gary wondered how I know what a piece will look like after it's fired? I don't always know. That doesn't seem to matter if I get the tones right. This tile is about 9 x 10 inches. I was typing this post earlier and I accidentally hit publish, hence the ghost post, sorry.

I may return to the painting class again this time around. Now that I'm using some of the painting techniques on my clay portraits and sculptures I can better understand what my instructor was trying to impart. I'm learning by doing as I go along.

I have more refining of light, medium and dark tones for this man. He seems to be contemplating some serious thoughts. How about you, what do you think when you look at his face? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. When I first saw him, I felt he had a heavy sadness to him. Still do. This is seriously really good Linda!

  2. Hi Linda, thanks, perhaps some of my own emotions of world events transfer into his face.

  3. Maybe that's his lips, his lips and eyes may not match in emotion, something to think about.

  4. It's the fact that they don't match, his lips and eyes, is what makes it so wonderfully human. I see a man who's had a difficult life, but he's still strong and full of resolve, tired but a sense of Hope. It's a great face. Beautifully done.

  5. My first reaction, before reading your post, was a Caribe fisherman, old before his time, with the wisdom of the sea in his face.

  6. He has a "putting art above fear" look. ~Mary

  7. I actually love it. I know the hardest one is to do the hair and you did it just beautifully.
    hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

  8. Wow...he is fabulous..such gorgeous work..there is such depth and energy within this it!

  9. linda, your portraits and new tiles are like you found your HOME, Congrats, Joan T

  10. wow! these are developing quickly... you should do some portraits on canvas too.

  11. This might be the best that you have posted. Very striking.

  12. Hi Tracey, thanks so much.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thank you.

    Hi Teresa, thanks, so human I like that and must keep that thought in mind, no one is perfect and no sense in trying to do so in painting.

    Hi Smartcat, thanks, the wisdom of the sea, the wisdom of time, I like that.

    Hi Mary, thanks so much, art above fear.

    Hi Judy, thanks so much.

    Hi Erena, thank you, there are a few spots to touch up here and there.

    Hi Kiki, thanks so much, wonderful you can feel the energy.

    Hi Joan, thanks, I hope I found a home, Ha.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I've been thinking along those lines.

    Hi Patti, thanks ever so much.


  13. Linda! Hey, thanks for the reference on your post. Gotta update my blog. It's fun to keep up with yours. Hope you visit sometime-- as I'm in Southern Pines, NC here-- will create my own studio in the next couple of months. I'm so excited! peace always-

  14. Hi Amy, thanks, did you buy a home? I am so excited for you to set up your own studio, you will have a blast making work. I hope you'll let me know when you are settled and I'd like to come and visit.

  15. Yes! Will post pics soon... Would be fun for you to come and visit. I'm sure I'll be asking for some more pottery studio wisdom. :) Yes, it will be wonderful; quite the change though, going to all electric kiln pieces... I'm definitely purchasing a skutt kiln that goes up to cone 10 though.

  16. Hi Amy, thanks, mine goes up to Cone 10 but I haven't taken it up that high. I am finding if you blend or overlap the Cone 6 glazes you can get some pretty cool stuff. On June Perry's blog a while back she talked about a guy who is experimenting with Cone 6 glazes sprayed and overlapped fired with a very controlled slow cool down and he has gotten some pieces that it is hard to tell aren't reduction fired. Also on facebook there is a glaze sharing group and there is also another Cone 6 web group on the internet. Let me know if you want the links of any and I'll look them up for you. Then there's always these mason stains in slip I am using, limitless.

    I can't wait to see photos of your new place.


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