Monday, September 17, 2012

More Fish Platters

It takes me a while to recover from the pieces which don't turn out they way I want. I had high hopes for the sgraffito fish platter from a recent firing but the transparent glaze didn't melt like I wanted. I'm getting ready to sign up for another acrylic painting class so I was feeling painterly yesterday. These fish with their blended underglaze backgrounds, and their gestural qualities seem to suffice for my next round of fish platters. I'd like to achieve these same effects with paint if I can.

Both schools of fish are swimming from right to left. I wonder if I can draw them swimming in the other direction? I read from left to right, but maybe I draw from right to left. I love how they seem to be floating in a sea of forgetfulness, almost hidden from view. Hopefully those ethereal qualities will remain after firing. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Lovely plate and I like the color.


  2. Hello Linda:
    Yes, your fish really do have a wonderful movement to them. The colours are beautifully subdued and add to the watery quality of the piece. Definitely a painterly finish.

  3. Hi Elna, thanks so much, hope they fire up similar.

    Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, I like the watery feel to these I hope they stay like that after firing, we shall see.

  4. Linda, these are wonderful! Can't wait to see how they look after firing. :)

  5. Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, I hope the look similar after firing, I keep trying. Ha.

  6. Really GREAT! I can't wait to see them after firing!! It would be lovely!! I don't know why but if I were you, I might draw the fish from the lower left to the upper right and also from the upper left to the lower right. It may look very strange, though,

  7. Sp pretty! And I LOVE your towers!

  8. Very fishy...which I mean as a complement! Can't wait to see them fired!

  9. These look great, lots of movement and that underwater feel.
    I'm excited to see what you do in your class

  10. I think you fish are wonderful. If I could paint fish, mine would swim the opposite direction. I'll bet you're a right brained artist!

  11. Oh. Wow. These are soooo beautiful. Thank you.

  12. Hi Sapphire, thanks, I guess I should make some sketches and see how each one would look. I wanted to leave some open space in the plate, I'll have to try your method.

    Hi Sonia, thanks so much, hope they survive.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, yeah there is something fishy going on. Ha.

    Hi Lori, thanks, go glad you can see the movement and get the underwater feel, hope that feeling remains after firing.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, yeah there is always something to contend with on clay and firings. Ha.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, now I have to look up what right and left brain means. Ha.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks so much and you are welcome.


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