Friday, March 14, 2014

Leftover Test Tiles

I finally made it back to my pottery class yesterday. One week I couldn't go because I had to finalize the motorhome sale. Another day I couldn't go because we had a friend come to help Gary unload more of the storage unit and I had to feed the two hard workers some home made vittles. One day in pottery class several weeks ago I had leftover clay so I made these small head sculptures. I thought I'd use them as test tiles for the community glazes to see how they respond.

These two tall textured vases were made a couple of weeks ago and they went into the bisque firing yesterday. I'm trying to think of how to glaze them and still have the texture show up.

I glazed these three pieces yesterday to be fired next week; two pinch pots and a philodendron leaf plate. I used a matt green on the leaf and one pinch pot and an overlapped turquoise glaze on the larger pinch pot, we shall see how out of practice I am with making and glazing.

Here's a shot of our teacher, Hilton Hill, explaining glazing techniques to some our clay class. Hilton was an art teacher for 30 years in Florida and now continues his teaching career in our community clay classes. You can see I've actually made a few pieces in my pottery class between all my home projects and such. I'm slowly getting back into the groove of making. Hopefully I can set up a schedule for myself and get more work made. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Great to see that you are making ceramics again! Your pots look wonderful, I especially like the textured vases. Good luck with the glaze testing too. :)

  2. Hi Mark, thanks, finally getting back into the groove, good to be back to it too.

  3. That's simply wonderful, Linda. I am glad you are making pottery again.

  4. So happy for you to create beauty in clay as well as your environment again!

  5. Happy to see that you are making in clay again.

  6. You make some beautiful things. I am looking forward to seeing them after the glaze firing - possibly nearly as much as you.

  7. It sounds like you are in an 'It's always sumthin" phase. It must feel great to be able to get your hands back into clay again after such a prolonged vacation.
    I like the look of the test tiles; they should be fun to see glazed!

  8. I like your test tiles. Those little heads are so much better than boring little square ones.

    And I'm working on another bunny... a kind of *funny bunny*. Have underglazed him, but haven't fired yet.

  9. Hi Gigi, thanks, I hope to get more organized and into a routine real soon.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I am finding more plants some may even be native blooming around here.

    Hi Charlene, thanks, I am so glad to get back to working with clay, keeps me on a more even keel.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, the anticipation is so much fun.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, well it was almost too stressful to be considered a vacation, we hope to take one this summer and hope it will be more enjoyable. I think Spring fever may have hit me all of a sudden. Ha.

    Hi Rian, thanks, oh I can't wait to see your new rabbit, what a wonderful animal for the Spring time.

  10. love your so called test tiles.. I'm sure you will need lots with a whole new lot of glazes to get to know

  11. Hi Anna, thanks, I just made the heads and then saw all the glazes in the glaze room and thought they'd be perfect to dip and see how they turned out, we shall see.


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