Tonight I finally worked up the reclaim porcelain that has been sitting out on my plaster bat. Slicing. Layering. Pounding. Squishing. Repeating. Over & over again. After a little “upper body workout,” it came out to 156 pounds of FREE porcelain!!! Sure, it still needs to wedged fully. But for now it’s “resting” in the bags and I’ll do final wedging when I’m ready to throw some porcelain pots!!!
And then while I was on a roll, I decided to pulverize & soak the “other” half of the porcelain trimmings I brought back from Minnesota in May. Thanks again Emily for the dried scraps… gotta love FREE CLAY!!!
After my class demo last Tuesday night on making bowls, I finally got around to finishing them up tonight. I did a bit of stamping, a little embellishing, and a little refining. I also trimmed all of the bowls so they are set for the night. Drying for the next bisque firing.
One of the bowls during the demo was a flared out flange with a layer of white slip.
The bowl had dried to leatherhard so I trimmed the bottom first, and then I set into a bit of sgraffito. Now I don’t do this technique too often… but I thought it would be a good example to show my students. By the time I had finished carving it though, I must admit I might “need” to do this a bit more often…
Last Fall I started making these textured wall pillows. Three sizes of textured pieces that can be hung in groups on the wall. It’s been fun watching people do the “mix & match” to make their “perfect” collection. It’s a matter of size, patterns, colors, textures and how they all fit together in a group. Like this grouping here… one large “lacey” one in the center surrounded by six medium ones.
And here’s the lucky Birthday Girl Marilyn!!! Her wonderful husband decided to surprise her with a birthday gift from her favorite potter… ME!!! What a great surprise for her… and for me. It was so thoughtful of him to contact me “secretly” as we worked on her gift without her knowledge. She’s been a dedicated customer and great friend for several years. She’s quite a supporter of the arts… and many of “My Talented Friends.” It was an honor to be part of her big birthday celebration – a surprise gift from her adoring husband.