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Thursday, July 9, 2009

I said I wouldn't...

...but I will, post pictures of my ceramics experiments - at least of some of the better pieces. These were made in pottery class using low-fire clay.

Bottom of a slab-built bowl, hand-painted in majolica style with lead-free glazes. The white glaze could have been a little thicker. More coats next time!

The top of this same bowl was imprinted with a floral design by pressing eyelet fabric into the clay after the slab was made and shaped. (Evidently I have to use textiles in everything!) White glaze was then washed into the design and the piece was coated with a clear glaze.

First attempt at beads. These have one coat of "pottery patina" glaze. The grooves were made by pressing with wooden skewers after the beads were rolled into shape by hand. I am fond of the melon shape.

Same pottery patina glaze but the word "imagination" has been imprinted on the bead using stamps made for metals. I think the bead is too small for words, and the imprinting would better on a pendant.

The round pendant was a test to see how using buttons and jewelry components would work for making designs. This piece was just a "play-around" item, not a finished one.

Oh, by the way, this background is my new favorite for close-up photos. It's just a piece of scrapbook paper, but I like the subtle pattern in soft browns and golds.

I have only one more pottery class, so I must have all my items glazed and ready for final firing by the end of next Wednesday evening. I'll post pictures of the best pieces after that, which should include more beads and two more slab-built bowls, provided that they survive the kiln (crossing fingers!).

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Blogger ZudaGay said...

Thank you for showing your creations, Liv!! I think you are way too hard on yourself! The bowl is adorable and I love the beads! Mellon shape is very cool!

July 9, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger blazingneedles said...

Liv - I think these are beautiful! I agree with Zuda.

July 9, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Ty for sharing Liv.. looks great to me!

July 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Fused Glass said...

Very nice Liv...

July 9, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger The Filigree Garden said...

As I said, these are the best of them. I guess I am going to have to show you the ones that didn't make the cut as a comparison. ;-)

July 9, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Kachi Kreation said...

wow...they are beautiful.

July 9, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh... WOW! I'm so glad you shared what your pottery! How cool!!!

I love the pattern of the bowl!!!


July 9, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Jen Niles said...

I love the bowl and your plates! I see you are in stART on the Street so I will have to stop by and say Hello. If I can get away from my booth, that is!

I swore I wouldn't take part this year so that I could FINALLY walk the show and enjoy it as a customer, but of course I could not resist. I signed up.


July 9, 2009 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Janine said...

Misled! I've been misled! Here I was commiserating with you while you were making beautiful things! Cheater.

July 9, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I love how you did the eyelet imprints on top side of the bowl. It's a beautiful orange. And then the details of the flowers around the outer edge (I'm picturing a very tiny paintbrush). Thanks for sharing these. It makes me want to play with clay again.

August 18, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

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