Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Pedestal Bowls

Pedestal bowls make for great centerpieces. Here are three more pedestal bowls from my most recent firing. I really like my curved pedestal design; I'll make more of these. The curves of the pedestal echo the curves of the free form portion of this bowl. This post is part of the Mud Colony weekly studio happenings.

Several folks mentioned they like pedestal bowls without handles, so I tried these three without handles. I still may try a few more with handles though, still thinking about shapes for those.

This is the bowl I left on the hump mold too long because I fell ill so there are visible lines and there are also a couple of chips on the bottom of the pedestal so I'll keep this one for myself. I fired it because I wanted to learn if the bowl would slump or warp and it didn't. 

This lavender pedestal bowl has a round pedestal and I textured only the pedestal. I wish I had textured the interior because I discovered this lavender glaze pools nicely in a textured pattern. Next time.

The pedestal on this bowl is wavy and thickly gathered, a little too much gathering. The pedestal part is low; it's really more of a foot than a pedestal. The glaze is dark but the texture makes up for the darkness and bright colored items like these tomatoes look great against the dark bowl.

I'd like to make some of these pedestal bowls with a taller pedestal. When I made them the pedestals seemed tall. After they were fired they shrank more than I expect them to. Probably because this is a new form for me.

Gary sold only pottery at the flea market he went to yesterday. On other days he sold a few pendants but no other pottery pieces, so you never know. Buyers said they were happy to see something not wheel thrown, that it was unusual to find. Two people who bought pieces were potters years ago. Gary said they were each probably in their eighties. On a vase I made several years ago, I used thumb prints in a two row pattern around the middle so the vase wouldn't slip in a person's hand when carrying it. The woman who bought it remarked she especially liked that. It had a pale green celadon glaze on it; I don't have a photo, sorry. Who knew someone would like my thumb print.

Coming up soon pendants, smashing, a sad but true story, and a new edible type fish. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. These are just lovely. I also like the way you have presented them. They look perfect for small displays of treasures around the home, as well as being functional!

  2. Hi Linda, love that brown bowl and the tomatoes look very juicy too..

  3. Like the first one. Still feel handles are not needed( and easy to break)

  4. That first one is my favorite too. It's almost too pretty to cover with the tomatoes. I'll eat them.

  5. Hi Elaine, thanks, yes small treasures. I kind of went on a photo marathon lately, glad I'm getting back into that.

    Hi Anna, thanks, having more than one color is good as everyone has a choice.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, you are so right, that other one I made the handles are so thin and they would surely break off easily and the freeform makes it less practical too. I didn't even think of that. Then again sometimes a delicate pieces is nice just to look at.

    Hi Lori, thanks, I like the shape of that one too. well those tomatoes are gone, ha.

  6. Those pedestal bowl are very nice and also versatile. I can imagine a lot of places where they'd be useful.

  7. very nice! and glad to hear Gary has been selling your work.

  8. Clever way to sign your work with your finger prints.
    I do like the clean lines with no handles.
    Think Gary is enjoying his job.

  9. You have a lot of talent in those hands of yours. The thumb print idea was very clever.

  10. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for the comments on my blog:) I love the vine trays in your Etsy shop. I didn't realize you had lived in CA with a lavender farm. I lost my garden three summers ago when I had to leave an abusive relationship. Now I live under a bunch of trees with no sun. I miss the garden terribly but it makes for more art time:P

  11. Wow! I'm really liking and enjoying these.....the pedestals are evolving.

  12. Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, yes they are handy to use and nice to just display.

    Hi Michele, thanks, yes I have too much pottery on my shelves, need to make room so I can make more.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yes Gary likes his new job, he's a traveling salesman or a marketing guru. Ha.

    Hi Denise, thanks, sometimes things work out that way, I can see where an older person would like a piece with grip so it didn't slip.

    Hi Kelly, thanks, thanks about the vine trays, well I have lived so many places and the mountains of California too, I kind of miss those. The flowers were nice to bring inside when they were blooming or just nice to walk around and enjoy, Oh well I was missing them because of a negative reminder from someone who contacted me from the past.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, I'm finally seeing the benefit of working with one form for a while, letting it evolve and see how it works out.


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