It’s amazing how fast a ten-week session can go by. This past Tuesday was the last class for our Winter session of classes. And my students out-did themselves once again!!!
Each session I like to challenge them with a class project. We all work on a similar piece and then we do some sort of White Elephant Trading Game. They each bring in their finished piece and we all admire & trade… then everyone goes home with someone else’s piece. So much fun for everyone… and great motivation for everyone to make something that they’re “proud enough of” to share and trade in the end.
So this session’s challenge was to make an oval. My brand new beginner’s had it a little bit easier… whereas my Advanved Beginners were challenged to make a lidded oval!!! And they all took it on with wreckless abandon!!!
Emily made this sweet little oval with carved vertical lines a temoku glaze.
Ryan made his oval glazed with Shaner White glaze and blue brushstrokes.
Lily went for a two-tone glaze dip with a beautiful overlap in the center.
Kerry missed the oval a bit, but made a great lidded round casserole with Reitz Green glaze.
Tony‘s oval casserole has a great rustic glaze to it.
Katie went for a two-tone Shaner White and Aviva’s Blue contrasting oval casserole.
Stacey used Reitz Green glaze to finish her oval, giving her a nice metallic finish on the lid.
Taylore used a color accent in her gallery, and a great pop of red inside the knob. A great contrast to the Shaner White glaze finish. Even better, and sadly no photo, but the inside has the same red pop of color too!!!
Melissa emphasized her oval and handle with a cobalt stain on Matte White glaze.
Rachel went with a traditional Shino glaze and got some wonderful variations.
Catherine went perfectly white on her perfect white porcelain.
Grace did a wonderful combination glaze on the outside of her casserole…
But it’s REALLY all about the inside of Grace’s oval that has me enamored!!!
And now you see why… my little stamping prodigy….
Susan, one of my class TA’s, offered up her graphic black & white porcelain oval.
Patty‘s oval didn’t quite turn out to her liking…
so she offered up a set of three bowls in place of her oval casserole!
Steven‘s oval casserole came home with me after the trade!!! And I LOVE it.
With a subtle matte glaze combination and a graphic stamp pattern…
But it’s the “surprise” pattern stamped on the inside that slays it!!!
And you know I’ve got to play along with the game, so I made an oval casserole for the trade as well. Surprisingly, mine is stamped and soda-fired!!! Ha!!!
And a few more “glamour” shots…
with a colored slip on the lid, and a few sprays of Josh Green glaze before soda-firing…
Huge thanks to my students for playing along. And for always embracing this little class challenge I like to throw at them every session. We’ve done bowls, mugs, plates, more mugs, and now ovals. I’m gonna need to think of something cool to top this one!!!