Monday, September 3, 2012

Bird, Basket, Bowl, and Bisque

I never made birds until recently because my friend Connie, who passed away last year, made them. Connie and I met in ceramic class in California. Now whenever I make a bird I think of Connie. The blue bird above is one which Connie made; Connie could make a lump of clay look so good. It's made from a solid lump of Rod's Mix clay, is about 2 x 1 1/2 inches, was fired in a reduction atmosphere, with blue flambe glaze which gives those nice blue speckles. (If you click the link of Connie's name you'll be taken to another post I did of Connie's work).

Each time I make a bird I think they turn out a little better looking. I may practice making some stand alone birds to improve my skill. Here's another bird basket I made the other day. For this one I've used the speckled stoneware with white slip and made a twisted ribbon and handle. I like the mottled surface of the basket with the contrasting slip and clay, but I'm not sure this surface goes with this style of bird basket. I think these bird baskets look better with a solid color glaze. I'd like to explore these mottled surfaces more on other pieces however.

I just finished a bisque load with mostly rectangular plates, large platters and a few strip stacked pieces. The kiln isn't as full as I normally like it, but I needed to get some feedback on pieces I've been experimenting with. The bisque fired is cooling down now. I keep three fans going to reduce the heat in the garage, it seems to help. One fan is close to the ceiling on a shelf.

I'd forgotten all about this small bowl which I just listed in my Etsy shop. It's a nice size, 5 inches wide by 2 inches tall, for a candle, candy, or a ring dish. I'd like o make this shape of bowl in a larger size. Hope you have a relaxing Labor Day. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. What a sweet little bird.
    Hope all has gone well with the bisque.

  2. I hope you're taking the day off for Labor Day!

  3. Glad to know your feelings about your birds, cause that makes them even more special when we observe them. Love that you add them to different things! Happy Labor Day!

  4. does your kiln have an envirovent? I found it really helps with the heat too- plus I keep the garage door open for most of the firing....

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  6. Hi Suzi, thanks, all went well with the bisque, firing the glaze now.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, no rest for the wicked. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, happy labor day to you too.

    Hi Amy, thanks, no I didn't get a vent at the time wish I had, we were wondering how to drill through the concrete block to install it but since that time I learned I could have put it out the door, oh well, it's already 80 in the garage without the kiln on so the fans help. I fire with the big door open (we have a screen that encloses the whole door and the back small door open with a screen, a fan near the ceiling, one near the door and one blowing directly on the controller which my manual said to do. So far so good.

  7. Mini tiles are really cute! I love the brown one... How are u been?
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