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KathleenC
Dec 8, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Took it on myself to start a new thread to continue...

I'm putting these photos here because they are not my work, just things I wanted to share (I have permission).
We had our last class today and I finally thought to use my camera!

First is my friend's icon of St Nicholas. She glazed it carefully, then added gold leaf for accents. Isn't it lovely?

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Next is Ms Froggy. I watched her grow from a few lumps to her present shape and loved her all along the way.

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Hope you enjoy them.

Kathleen
Imageimapigeon
Dec 8, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Glad you started the new thread, and SO glad you posted photos. The icon is beautiful and really well done----and Ms. Froggy has so much personality!!!
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KathleenC
Dec 8, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Ms Froggy's maker is a great lady. She makes ants with shoes and other little creatures. The icon owner is very good at glazing. She wanted the icon not to be garish and I think she succeeded very well - the gold gives just enough emphasis and it shows up great across a room. I know her house and it will look great.
Imagezenpotter
Dec 9, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
Thanks for starting the new thread.

I am going back to my clay studio starting next week. I am looking for tattoos to use on sculptures of people. I have found some interesting ones on line.
bbrookrd
Dec 10, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Love, love Ms. Froggy. I am inspired to try to do some hand work in my new space.

I have posted pictures of a group of amaryllis pots that I am giving away as Xmas gifts that will be potted up with nice bulbs, as well as a collage is of a few of my recent efforts that also includes a snap of one side of my 8'x6' space. Tight, but all I need, for now. I am going up to the studio for the next couple of days to work on a dozen newly thrown pieces that are ready to be glazed tomorrow. I will throw a mess of new stuff too. I will post some before and after shots of them in a couple of days. I used a clay that is almost black, so I will be interested to see how it looks.

I have also listed a link with some shots that I took of some of the other potter's work at their Dec. sale in the studio called Feet of Clay that I rent space from in Boston. I am not worthy yet to put a price tag on mine, but they are getting better, so maybe by the spring show, ! will be brave enough to try to sell some of my wares. Patti

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KathleenC
Dec 10, 2010 11:32 AM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Patti,

I think your work is worthy of a price tag now. Very nice. Hurray!

Kathleen
bbrookrd
Dec 10, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Kathleen, They would be good seconds, but not firsts, yet. But thanks for the encouragement. Patti
Imageimapigeon
Dec 10, 2010 1:51 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Patti, those are beautiful! I especially like the rims on the blue ones, as well as the glaze. Anxious to see more of your work! I admire anyone who can consistently throw similar shapes----I once made a set of 32 cups for someone, and by the time I was done, I never wanted to see another cup.

I've been struggling with my big casserole---I've managed several decent bases and several decent lids, but sadly they haven't fit together well, and I haven't been able to trim them enough to correct that. So back to the scrap bucket they've gone. I've got a couple of decent-sized salad bowls drying that I hope don't have any plaster chunks in them----I bought recycled clay from school, and apparently someone just dumped a mold into the pug mill.

Pauline, looking forward to seeing what you do with tattoos---some of the body art I've seen out here in CA is just amazing!
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Imagezenpotter
Dec 13, 2010 10:33 AM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
Love the colors.

Well yesterday was the day for me to get back to my studio. Best laid plans. We are on day 3 of being snowed in and we live in an urban area. Sure glad I don't live in the country.
bbrookrd
Dec 13, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
imapigeon, I can't seem to get a big enough casserole, let alone a lid to match.

zenpotter, sorry about your weather. I heard it was a real mess out your way.

I did get to Boston for a couple of days and got \8 of the 12 tumblers out of the kiln that I made last week. I am pretty pleased with the glaze with the black clay. I will give them to my DH for Xmas as I think he will love them for his winter afternoon tea. They are the size of a tall, which is good. I used a transparent glaze on the inside and some on the rims with Randy's Red and left lots of the clay raw which I waxed first.

I threw a dozen bowls of various sizes and got them trimmed so they will be ready to glaze next week as soon as they are bisque fired. I am on a roll. I ordered 50 lbs of the nearly black clay that I used for the tumblers as I really like it. It throws like butter. Patti

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Imageimapigeon
Dec 13, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
We have a black body available here called "Cassius Clay". I haven't tried it yet. I get so bored with white clays....sigh.....I always add a bit of red earthenware to my clays just to get some iron in them. If I get the proportions right and the firing is right, and the glaze is right I get wonderful hare's fur patterns.

I really like how those pots came out----especiallyn the one in the middle with the cream-colored band! Thanks so much for sharing your photos!
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KathleenC
Dec 14, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Very nice, Patti! Definitely worthy of a price tag!
bbrookrd
Dec 14, 2010 4:54 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
imapigeon, my required coop job at the studio is mixing glazes. On Sunday I mixed up a big batch of Hare's Fur. I have only used it a couple of times and got great results on the interior of some bowls, but the exterior was too runny to trust again on the outside. I don't want to have to pay run fees.

My next batch of bowls are pretty well thrown for a nice change and trimmed, so I hope to do a good glaze job on them so they are worthy of a possible tag. I would love to be good enough to market some of them by next summer. But I don't want to try marketing anything until I can produce some pieces that are consistent in form and glaze, rather than random successes. Patti
Imageimapigeon
Dec 14, 2010 5:09 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
My focus right now is on making larger pieces----and I'm focusing on bowls because they're my favorite shape to make. I threw about 12 lbs yesterday, and I think most of it actually ended up in the walls!! Whether it survives trimming is yet to be determined.....

I have 2 hanging planters trimmed & sitting in the damp box. I have to decide if they're worth putting loops on, or if they're ultimately destined for the recycling crock.

I also use Randy's Red----but on my clay it's consistently firing chocolate brown. Yours too?
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KathleenC
Dec 14, 2010 8:59 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Isn't this a nice red? It's my teacher's custom glaze. She was very unhappy with these bowls - the tops were supposed be bronze/brown. Funny, too, the inside of one was red as it should be, but the other was carbon-colored.

Glaze...what a weird world!

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Imageimapigeon
Dec 14, 2010 9:29 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Great red----AND they match the shirt in the background, too!
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Imagezenpotter
Dec 15, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
That is a beautiful red. What makes the white line? I like that.
KathleenC
Dec 15, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Pauline, it might be from the raku process? I forgot to ask her that. She has some beautiful pieces with that red glaze.
Imageimapigeon
Dec 15, 2010 11:55 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I fell into serious "potter's envy" with some large red raku pieces at a gallery in Big Sur....I could definitely do it again.
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Imageimapigeon
Dec 26, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday!
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