Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More Driftwood Handled Baskets

After cleaning my studio the other day I found some dark red terra cotta colored slip I got in California. I decided to add it to the exterior of one of my driftwood handled baskets. I love the combination of the red clay with the black slip (it looks almost blue; if too little black stain is added it may turn out blue but that will be OK with me). I'll leave the exterior unglazed to hopefully keep the reddish color. The interior will probably be glazed with a dark brown. Since I'm using a different clay body, little loafers, I hope this slip is compatible. We shall see.

Here's a close up of the multiple layers of slip I've applied. With the undercuts of overlapped clay it took me forever to get all the crevices coated with the slip. Hope all that work is worth it in the end.

Here's another driftwood handled basket. I think I might glaze this one a white or an oatmeal color. Doesn't the driftwood look like a snake with it's mouth open?

This basket is 13 x 10 inches. I finally used my hair dryer so this one didn't collapse on me. I don't know why I've resisted using it in the past. I'm taking some work up to the fairgrounds in Hiawassee for the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival today. The festival runs from the 10th to the 18th. We're in booth #15. There's arts and crafts and music each day and the festival ends with a fiddler's contest. I work at the festival on Monday and Tuesday the 13 and 14th. This Saturday and two other days this month I work at ArtWorks Artisan Center. So it's going to be a whorl wind of activity this month. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Love the combination of form, slip, and handle. I hope you'll show the finished product.
    Toes crossed that you little or nothing to bring homw after your sale!

  2. Hi Suzi, thanks, I hope that slip stays on the pot; it's raining this week, I hope we have a good turn out but you know how folks are in the rain, ugh.

  3. Sending luck and wishes that you sell everything. I love the driftwood handles...they really go well with clay baskets. Can't wait to see how the slip works!

  4. Hi Barb, thanks, I can't wait either, it stopped raining so hopefully the sale goes well.

  5. Really lovely piece that adds so much to a room. Love them. Wishing you all the best. Blessings, Catherine

  6. The oatmeal glaze sounds nice, and yes that driftwood does look like a snake!
    Wishing you good weather and great sales at the festival this weekend.

  7. I have thought about doing that festival. I have friends in the area that have invited me to stay with them. You’ll have to let me know if it’s a good festival or not.

  8. Hi Catherine, thanks so much.

    Hi Michele, thanks, so far it's turned out better than the weatherman predicted.

    Hi Lori, thanks, the sorghum festival is also going on this weekend. the festival at the fairgrounds is nice because there are rustic buildings with electricity and fans and a canvas front so items can be left up for the week, I'll post about the fair after the week is over to let you know. Of course I am close too and you could stay here.

    I hope I can get more organized for next year and hit a few more festivals around here, some of the juried ones, like the John Campbell.


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