Thursday, November 10, 2011
Ornaments and Cut Outs
There was discussion about making cookie cutter ornaments on Ron's blog. How some potters may consider something made so easily or simply as not really art. But recently I had several folks purchase my ornaments saying they were the most beautiful pieces they had ever seen and they loved them. Those were the turquoise crackle snowflakes with carving which didn't sell at the last show. So who knows. I sold more ornaments at my yard sale. Now Gary is taking them to the flea markets. Yes flea markets, they are big in Florida in fall, winter, and spring. I won't even tell you how much I'm selling them for.
These first two ornaments I used for my first raku firing with a group of local potters. I carved some lines in the clay, bisqued them, then layered on multiple raku glazes to complement the shape of the leaf and acorn hoping to learn what the glazes would do during the firing.
Last year I made these leaf ornaments so I could test glazes in my new kiln. They came out so nice I decided to sell them. Folks are raving about these.
Earlier this year I made these leaf forms to test underglazes. I used a coleus leaf and cut out the shape with a needle too. Then I hand painted the underglaze and later glazed them in a clear. I'm selling these or give them as gifts and folks love them too. Some folks use them for ornaments and some use them as pendants. I wish I had made hundreds of these since I think they would look wonderful grouped on a tree with just red and pale green complementary colors.
Years ago in my high fire days I used leaves as test tiles. If they turned out they were spoon rests. This is a hollyhock leaf made with soldate 60 glazed with ohata kaki.
If they didn't turn out I used them in wind chimes for my own use. Here's another leaf with a crawled green to satin black glaze on black mountain clay.
Above is jensen blue on rod's mix and below is a tin foil saggar, barrel fired leaf I experimented with. It could be an ornament. Ok here's another confession I use miniature cookie cutters for pendants. I test clays and glazes on those too. I also make refrigerator magnets people are loving those too. One person told me if I sold the same magnet in Vermont during the summer I could get $20 more for it. Twenty dollars more for a magnet. To be fair the magnet was one of my test floral pieces carved with glass melted on top of the glaze. Geez, if only I could afford the fuel up there. Maybe next year.
One magnet purchaser has commissioned me to make all the knobs for her kitchen remodel and she's buying a large serving bowl with four matching bowls for a wedding present. So I'm making ornaments, magnets, and cut outs of clay and Gary's selling them every day. Gary says I'm good at making and he's good at selling. Working as a team we're staying afloat. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.