Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Manly" mug

Today's kiln opening had some nice results and a few bloopers. First the good stuff:  "Manly" mug, which is another screen print. The underglaze is aqua, covered with Laguna's Clear Bright (which minimizes the speckling in this clay), and the rest of the mug is glazed in Sky Blue.
"Manly" mug - 3.5" wide x 4" tall

"Manly" mug close up 

The bloopers were glaze tests that uses a significant proportion of Cornwall Stone (which my local supplier has decided not to carry any more due to shipping costs). They've created their own substitute. So far it doesn't quite measure up. The test batch ran much more than normal and didn't have the color saturation of the original. I'll do another test run to confirm it wasn't an error in mixing it up on my part, but I'm pretty certain it wasn't.... Meanwhile I ordered a bag of Cornwall Stone from another supplier. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The holidays are coming

The Sanderling Harvest Fair was a nice event. At first set up I realized I'd have to get creative since my designated spot didn't really accommodate my usual 10x10 footprint, but luckily for me I had only just begun to get creative and there was a last minute cancellation. That significantly improved my location and allowed me to use my usual lay out. So it all worked out!

Owl mugs went well, I'll definitely need to restock those! But the Skully mugs didn't go as I had expected. Then again the Waldorf crowd is generally more into fairies than skeletons. ;)

I think the "sugar skull" versions are so fun! Each with its own personality.
Large Skully mugs with florals

Skully mug with red eyes, red and orange florals

Skully mug with brown floral, twinkly eyes

Skully mug with gold floral

Skully mug with gold floral, back

Skully mug,"straight up"  - SB w/ slip and red eyes over iron oxide.

On a slightly different note, I just found out I start a new part-time job in 2 weeks. Yay! Kind of exciting, but it also means I'm going to have to start planning my time a little better. Which means it's time to get back in the studio and glaze! In addition to several large bowls I have a few crudites servers, a batch of bird pitchers, and a bunch of sponge holders to fire this week. Also, it's time to start making Christmas ornaments.