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ImageMuddyHands
Jun 6, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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Here you can see the progress of the sgraffito box.

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ImageMuddyHands
Jun 6, 2010 12:40 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
Here is the completed sgraffito box

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ImageMuddyHands
Jun 6, 2010 12:45 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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Another perspective of the box.

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Jenny
Imageimapigeon
Jun 7, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Beautiful workmanship! I hope you'll post links to your threads in Clay Arts, too! I'm sure other folks would like to see them.
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Anything worth doing is worth overdoing
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ImageMuddyHands
Jun 9, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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Honestly I'm very confused as to where everything is going. I thought I could figure it out, since that's what I do, but any help is appreciated.

BTW the box was way more work than I every anticipated for my first go at sgraffito. I was relieved when it when through the bisque firing safely and I still liked it. I decided to finish it in clear glaze for the final firing so as not to change a thing. I was going to give it away as a gift, but it's sitting on my vanity where it will stay.
Jenny
Imageimapigeon
Jun 9, 2010 9:17 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Sometimes I think it's easier when students don't have enough experience to have very specific expectations about how a piece will turn out----they aren't disappointed if it doesn't match the vision. I still have one pot that I made very early on that I was thrilled with.
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ImageMuddyHands
Jun 19, 2010 8:54 AM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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I would agree. The more I work in clay the more I've learned to accept and be pleased with the final result rather than being critical when it doesn't turn out exactly like I envisioned. The nice part is everyone at the studio is very encouraging and my non-clay artist friends think it's all great no matter what. I just smile and say thank you, even when I know it's not so much. Smiling
Jenny
ImageMuddyHands
Jul 5, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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Here I am nearly a little over a year later, with a new post. I've worked on many clay projects over the past year,fitting in trips to the studio when ever I can. Today I started on a new sgraffito box, not having done once since the last time. In the mean time here just a couple other completed projects. Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/cbe0a2
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Jenny
Imageimapigeon
Jul 5, 2011 11:50 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
All of them are just LOVELY!!!
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ImageMuddyHands
Jul 6, 2011 4:08 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
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I got out my camera and took some pics of a few of the projects I've been working on over the past year. I've been trying to do a series of natural textured plates to place on a decorative shelf in my living room. This proved more challenging than I thought trying to get the right glazing affect and color combination. The first two are my favorites. I'm still not happy with the red glazed plate. I used bark and leaves and then Steven's tool on the red plate.

Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/32b034
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ImageMuddyHands
Jul 6, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
After many, many, many (get it...many) attempts at a french butter dish I was finally successful at completing two. There would always be some mishap on the way to the kiln or or during the firing process or after the bisque fire they no longer fit together. Even so, half of a third one ended up fused to someone else's piece that melted (low fire piece ended up in high fire) which made for a very interesting looking vase.

Nevertheless, I completed two. Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/e2c9e5
Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/3d830c
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ImageMuddyHands
Jul 6, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
Sticking tongue out Last fall I did a couple of plates. One sgraffito and the other with cut out leaves. Both make for great serving plates at Thanksgiving. I reglazed and fired the green leaf plate 3 times trying to get the colors just right until my studio teacher said no more. Hilarious!

Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/17d64f Thumb of 2011-07-06/MuddyHands/4b0a8d
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ImageBoopaints
Jul 6, 2011 4:39 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
nice Jenny!!! Especially love the butter dish. I always keep my butter room temp in a crock but yours are more interesting.
ImageMuddyHands
Jul 6, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
Hey Becky you are welcome to pick one out when you come over. I love giving my stuff away knowing that someone else can find a use for it.
Jenny
Imageimapigeon
Jul 6, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I know just what you mean about fitting lids....I think next time I do a jar I'm going to do the lid first and make the bottom to fit the lid. I don't know if it will help or not. At one time in the spring I had 3 lids to try to fit to one casserole bottom. I ended up recycling the whole mess.

Your butter dishes are beautiful, and I'm a huge fan of functional pieces. But I have to say that those plates are just to die for! My favorite is the black one----spectacular!
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Imagezenpotter
Jul 12, 2011 2:05 PM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
The sgraffito box is so nice and it reminds me how much I use to enjoy that. Thanks for the reminder.
ImageMuddyHands
Jul 23, 2011 6:01 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
It's been awhile, but I ventured into sgrafitto again ( I love it) and just finished another box, only larger this time and less time detailed than the first. It's ready for the bisque firing now and I can wait to see it. I'll post a pic if I can just remember to take one. Thanks for all the kind words. I love the encouragement.
Jenny
ImageBoopaints
Jul 24, 2011 1:36 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Well, I want you to know how much I love the red mug you made. I enjoy using it and thinking of you!

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