Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ornaments & Leaf Dishes

melon orange oak leaf ornaments

 bear and acorn ornaments, bear ornaments are a new one

 snowmen and tree ornaments

 gingerbread boy and girl ornaments

 snowflake, heart, and maple leaf ornaments

 large blue salad leaf plate, one of four
these large salad leaf plates range in size
from 9 x 7 inches to 8 x 6.5 inches

 large green salad leaf plate, one of four

large melon orange salad leaf plate, one of four

 medium brown leaf plate

 blue soap or spoon rest, one of four

melon orange soap dish or spoon rest, one of two

brown soap dish or spoon rest, one of two

burgundy soap dish or spoon rest, one of two 

Fresh out of the kiln, the brown plates and ornaments were supposed to be an amber color and shiny. I don't think I should use the slow cool firing program with that glaze and I am not sure it would have made a difference on the rest of the colors, except maybe the blue.

Later this week I hope to fire the large vessels I've been slowly drying. Thanks for reading and for all  your comments.


  1. Goodness, you are well organised getting al the ornaments ready for the Christmas Season! I always have good intentions of getting such things done, but.... never quite get there in time! Interesting (and frustrating for you) about the brown plates and ornaments not being shiny, the glaze actually looks quite nice from the photo, reminds me of an ash glaze I made some years ago, that was mostly washed and sieved wood ash and local clay. Does the glaze feel waxy and smooth, or is it dry to the touch? I have had shiny glazes go a bit matt with slow cooling in the wood fired kiln, but never to the extent that your one appears to have done. What goes on in the kiln is a mystery sometimes!

  2. Hi Peter, thanks, you know I have had my ornaments in a basket at the market and they have been selling regularly all summer long so I am trying to keep them in stock. The glaze feels waxy and smooth and it is ok but just not what I expected. I am going to use the medium brown leaf plate as a test with some lemon juice to see if it's food safe since it came out so matt. On the acorns the almost black top was supposed to be more of a brown; but they are ok, just not what I expected for sure. A soap maker occasionally buys some of my small leaf plates for packaging her soaps and likes the brown color as a more masculine color for display.

  3. I like the brown bears - perfect ornament for your mountain location.

    1. Hi Michele, thanks, just thought they'd be a little shiny and have more variation, and the textures I used don't show up as much as they do on some of the other ornaments.

  4. Love the salad plates.]
    Good luck with the big pieces. I am looking forward to seeing how they come out.

  5. Hi Sue, thanks, I am sitting on pins and needles I started the kiln this evening. ugh.


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