Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Button Vase

 To hide the seam of this hand-built cylinder vase I used both the impression and expression of a grate that covers a drain in my basement, then cut those in circles.
recycled cone 10 stoneware


First, dipped in white, then painted buttons with celedon and iron saturate glazes.

Nice speckles!  And finger prints.

Clearly, I need to work on pouring evenly.  I'm very messy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Stoneware Cat Mug in Purple and White


Double dip with Copper Red on top and white on bottom.  Yes...Copper Red, depending on the oxygen in the kiln, goes blue or celedon.  We got a nice purply color here.  And I love where the glazes run together...yum yum.
stamped cone 10 half and half cat mug, recycled stoneware


stamped cone 10 half and half cat mug, recycled stoneware

stamped cone 10 half and half cat mug, recycled stoneware

stamped cone 10 half and half cat mug, recycled stoneware

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stoneware Cat Mug in Neutral


The next several posts share a series of mugs, pendants, vases, and tumblers that I made from cone 10 recycled stoneware that was put together at the KC Clay Guild.  Many of these are prototypes or test pieces (everything is a test piece for me!).  I'm still pretty unfamiliar with using cone 10 glazes--it is truly painting blind--because the high temperatures, amount of oxygen in certain parts of the kiln, and clay body makeup all react differently with every firing.  But that's what's fun about it! ...usually.

I made stamps with my digital vinyl cutter to impress cats into the clay and let the glaze fill in and highlight without any kind of wipe on/wipe off technique.

I really didn't know what I was going to be getting with this combo.  I think I was expecting a darker top half because the glaze is called "Carmel 14" but I'm quite pleased!
recycled cone 10 stoneware, half and half dip glaze

recycled cone 10 stoneware, half and half dip glaze

recycled cone 10 stoneware, half and half dip glaze

recycled cone 10 stoneware, half and half dip glaze

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