Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Filling the Kiln

I still like making the dragonfly square vases and carved pots,each one has its own character and they have been popular at the galleries.



I had requests for frog pots so finally sculpted a
small frog and made a  rough press mold  so
 the piece could be repeated. I add legs to some but don't worry about details as the glaze usually hides small details.  This is the  first square vase with frogs.

The kiln isn't quite full, frog square will just fit on top of a dragon fly square .  I hope the wall piece with ladies will not crack, it is also press molded.  Stoneware doesn't lent itself to slip pouring.

 As I make things they have to rest in the kiln to dry.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shino Glaze Combinations

      designs.
 Golden shino glaze works well over plum, just enough flow to add a moss like texture for the fern like trees.

Alone it varies from speckled tan with creamy off white and allows the red to show on the pine cones.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, May your new year be healthy happy and full of the best things.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Open Studio Sale

  I haven't had Open Studio Days, even though I bought the signs and planned to do so because the Studio is always in use and usually messy. It's the usual "work in progress" which is also a chance to ask how things are make and see new things.   

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GARDEN SCULPTURE

30 inches tall stoneware garden sculpture  with my Art Nouveau Glaze  
graces my daughter's garden.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steeple Rock-Hurricane Ridge ONP

Watercolor Framed 16x20
Sometimes it is fun  to be very particular about a scene, sort of enjoying it in depth, studying  all its detail, trying to travel with the eye where the legs can't carry me.  Actually I think that's why I enjoy painting so much, it is like meditating on  a place, really seeing it. If I were a bird I would fly from top to top of these spectacular mountains.
      The road, wrapped abound the last turn before the top of  this birds eye, feels like the thinner air and the sense of  mountain majesty
that makes Olympic National Park such a  treasure.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Glaze Shino Cone 6

 Learning about the behavior of Shino Gold
 over Plum glaze  is exciting .  It seems to be
 a stable glaze which isn't running
off the pot but does a modest melting
slide which brings out the texture.
    Wax resist and stencil design
 held their own with nice soft edges.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some New Stoneware

This firing added some new work using my art nouveau  glaze
 with  17% copper carb as apposed to 20%  which seems
  a little paler and may have slightly less texture.
The geranium leaf press mold  connected by clay coils
 and pebbles provides more changes in depth for glaze
 to  increases the texture.
  The treatment of the foot is practical and enhances the vase.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Leaf Dish

I put a ruler by this to show its size, "Quality Paint" is my art nouveau glaze which 
has such wonderful texture  at cone 6 and it is "guaranteed" :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gardening all year Round

Shot weed  keeps me gardening all year long
 the first signs of the round little devils
 coming up in January. 

The Wall Flowers will reward me                             
when they start to bloom in February.  
I planted them from seed along the side walk where
they get warmth and full sun.  As they bloom 
out cutting them back seems to help. The plants have 
survived for three years and produce a lot of seed.
I find babies here and there so maybe the birds like them too.

This spring there are changes  in color and stripes in some new plants.




                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I Love Watercolors

 It is like coming home to my self when I get back to painting  watercolors, especially seascapes and landscapes. Visiting a place I've enjoyed to recapture the pleasure of that day using sketches and photos.
 Last Light at Ruby Beach was accepted to the Sequim Arts Show 

Playing in the surf  seems to be the favorite children. 
 As a painting it challenged me to get the glitter of the surf on the beach.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Work for February Show

Getting ready for a Featured Artist show involves a number of steps, -try to create something new-make it- dry it -bisque fire at cone 06 - glaze it-  glaze fire at  cone 6 and clean up any rough edges.
      I especially like the 12 inch  ladies,thought they could be inside or out.  The twisted tube pieces with birds are always a challenge in the glaze firing, just hope the birds will say put and  not take flight into a piece they were never meant for. The small 8 tiles puzzle, like so many things with clay,suggested itself with the left over clay from the other tiles.
                                                   

                 
The white sea gulls make her a tall sculpture
These are just 4 inches, I'd like the idea to make larger plates..


                                                           





                                         
Should we go outside or stay in ?
We might like to stand on a stick in the garden
15 Birds 
8 Piece Puzzle
Red Wing Black Birds





Saturday, January 11, 2014

Featured Artist at Blue Whole in February

                                                Blue Whole for February First Friday.
 New stoneware pieces are to be bisque fired and glazed  this week .
Wish me luck!