Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lots of New Work

10 3/4 x 4 1/4 x  3 1/2 inches

Lots of new work just out of the kiln; I'm so excited over the results of these wider strip stacked pieces. I didn't glaze the exterior of the mahogany basket above because I wanted to keep the rich red color of the slip and muted stain. Now I'm glad I didn't glaze the exterior. I'm thinking a wax rubbed onto the exterior, what do you think? What kind of wax, bee's wax? Or would it be OK just leave the clay naked? Maybe spray with a sealer?

Here's what the interior looks like with a clear satin glaze over it. It's darker in person but the flash distorted the color to much lighter than it really is.

11 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches

This is the first pastel patina tower I made. For some reason I'm having a hard time getting this one in focus (maybe a solid black background would help). I'll take another photo out of doors when I get a chance. The colors are soft and blended nicely. Notice the two deeper creases at the bottom. I didn't mention this before but when I was making this piece it started to slump down onto itself and I thought I'd loose it. I inserted a half full paper towel roll inside and laid it down on it's side on a foam pad for quite some time till it firmed up. 

9 x 6 x 4 1/2 inches

These pastel towers are so much nicer in person then in my photos. The colors are muted and the satin clear glaze gives a nice sheen to the surface. Most of these are tapered smaller at the bottom. This one is 6 inches wide at the top and 4 1/2 inches wide at the bottom.

With the stacked strip construction, the interiors are just as interesting as the exteriors. Hum maybe I should make a cave shaped sculpture, something to look into, with a small light at the end of the tunnel, but I digress. 

10 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

This tower had the same red clay slip as the mahogany basket, but this is the clay the supplier said was similar to my white stoneware but it's not the same with the clear glaze over the top. Almost all of the red slip burned out. Several folks said there's an ingredient in the clay which reacts with the glaze and causes the color to burn out. Still this came out nice with it's muted colors. This piece has a hole on either side for me to add a handle. Perhaps woven reed or something similar, we shall see.

8 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

This one turned out a darker green and not as blended as I wanted. I'll be working on blending the slip colors so they are more subtle which is the surface I want to achieve for the stained pieces.

7 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches

8 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches

8 x 4 inches

9 1/4 x 5 inches

This one is from the previous type of stacked strips. The lid was fired separate from the canister. 

Blue Gray Strip Stacked Bowl
5 x 9 inches

Now I have the painstaking process of checking these to be sure they hold water. I fill them with water and let them sit for several hours to be sure. With the stacked strips there are so many seams there's always a danger a seam might have a slight gap which mayt allow liquid to seep out. Hopefully all of them are acceptable. All in all I'm very pleased. I've got some great pieces and several directions to move forward. Coming up are the ornaments which turned out better than I thought, and more of the colorful plates I'm working on. This post is part of Mud Colony what's happening in the studio. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Wonderful! The canister and lid are my favorite.

  2. Love how you blend those colors...they don't look like slips at all!

  3. congratulations on success! my favorite is the aqua and brown tower.

  4. Wonderful assortment of unique pieces!

  5. Hi Joanne, thanks, glad you like it, it's a nice size to store things in.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I am so happy with how those blended colors came out almost like water colors. I can't wait to try more. Was even thinking a plate with these colors would be wonderful.

    Hi Michele, thanks, so glad you like that one, the undulations appeal to me too.

    Hi Gayle, thanks so much.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, unique is what a strive for, lol. Ha.


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