Binky is helping Gary look at the computer. Binky likes to 'crawl' up in Gary's lap for a few minutes just to get some attention. If you don't pay attention to him he'll give you some gentle love bites till you do. Ha.
Here's another tidbit from the studio. I save our toilet paper rolls and cut them up and use them for clay props. Above I'm using them to prop up the rim of one of the fern plates I made. I keep the paper rolls under the rim till it firms up a bit and then I remove them. I've also used foam and paint rollers as props. Paint rollers work well because they have some give and allow the clay to shrink.
One of my fern platters sold recently at The Garden Shed in Homosassa so I decided to make more fern plates and platters. I used slip resist on the platter with handles, the fern is the color of the clay and there is a satin clear glaze over the top. I love letting the natural color of the clay show in some of my work. There is something pleasing about the black slip and red clay together, very earthy looking.
This time I left more negative space on the plates, thinking the fern will stand out better that way. The ferns I'm using are native Florida ferns. I take a scissors or clippers and harvest the leaves without damaging the rest of the plant. I only use part of any plant I harvest from the wild so there will always be more for the next season. This is part of the Mud Colony whats happening in the studio. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.