Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Finished Hippo Candy Bowls

Hippo Candy Bowl #1

 Hippo Candy Bowl #2

Hippo Candy Bowl #1 and #2

The customer who ordered the hippo was very very happy and picked it up today. I still have the second one (the one on the right or Hippo Candy Bowl #2), but I have a few people interested in it as well.

They are pretty darn cute.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hippo Candy Jar

Here is one of the Hippo Candy Jars that I made. I was commissioned to make one for a man who wanted one for his wife. As advised by Joanne, the owner of Blossom Hill crafts, I made two. Just in case.

This hippo took about 15 - 17 lbs of clay to make. The body is completely hollow. The mouth is where the candy (jelly beans) will go. There are holes on the bottom of the hippo's feet that lead into the body part. That way we won't get any explosions.

Once the hippo was a bit dry, I started underglazing it with Western brand underglazes. I'll have to take a photo of the interior of his mouth next time so you can see the uvula. Now, I didn't make a hole between the head and the body just in case a stray jelly bean slipped through the hole. You'd never be able to get it out!

There's his cute little tail.

I'm currently bisque firing this hippo. He and his twin will be cone 5 clear glazed over the weekend. I can't wait to see them when they're completely done!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gandalf and The Treewoman 2

Gandalf is finally out of the kiln. He turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.

The shadows/darker parts are all from the firing process. I didn't put any glaze or slip on him. Just put him in the kiln and had him angled so that the flames hit him on the staff side first.

And here is The Treewoman 2. In looking at her, I thought that if I make yet another one, I'll be sure to have more action with her arms. Maybe ones that go around and loop more. Still, I am pretty happy with this one. She's happy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Underglazed plates

 These all came out of the kiln last night. Blue Bird of Happiness
 Another Skellie and Rose
 Unicorn - done for a friend. I really do not plan on making more of these.
 More Yin Yang Kitty plates. All but one is sold.

And I think that may be it for underglazed plates for this year.

Gandalf is cooling in the Wood Soda Kiln. I'll be seeing the results on Saturday. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hippo Candy Jar

 Last night, I put together the commissioned Hippo Candy Jar.

 Here's his gaping maw for a bag of jelly beans.

 Another view.

And of course, he has to have a tail.

I will underglaze this guy and then cone 5 fire him.

I will also make a second one just in case this one doesn't turn out.

As a side note, Gandalf's staff on the bottom was broken off. My bad for leaving him at the studio instead of bringing him home. However, I have the piece, so I will be firing it and then glue it on. Fortunately, the break happened right under his hand and the joining can be hidden.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Underglazed work

I have been busily painting since APE. Most of my recent painted plates have all be commissions which makes me very happy.

Here are some painted plates:

Yarn bowls:

With the exception of the Brown Bunny and Blue Bird yarn bowls, all of the pieces here have been sold. I have 3 more yin yang kitty plates that need to be finished up and one of those is sold. All in all, things have been going very well for me in the pottery world. I am currently working on another commission, a hippo candy jar. AND wood firing season starts up next weekend. I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tree Woman 2, teapot and Skellie Sculpt 1

 They're all out of the kiln!

Here's a closeup of the Tree Woman 2. I painted celadon glaze all over her. Some of the greener areas are where the glaze was thicker. I do need to photograph this one more professionally. Very happy with how she turned out

The little bell shaped teapot. I will have to get a handle for it. Maybe this weekend.

Finally, my first skellie sculpt. I'm going to paint her with acrylic paint. Should be fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2 bowls and the next Skellie Sculpture

Threw 2 bowls last night. One is for a set for my Aunty. The other is with the leftover clay. I need to smooth the edges of the rim.

Here's the second Skellie sculpture. I need to add her arms and the bird next. And, it's kind of top/back heavy. I think I'll put her arms toward the front so that it will be more balanced. I'm still wondering about adding some hair to the top of her head. Will see.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Skellie girl sculpture

Here's the Skellie girl that I sketched out before. I had to make some changes in order for there to be stable, especially around the neck.

It's a fairly small sculpture.

 I think I will fire it to cone 10 and then I will use acrylic paint on it.

 Here's the bluebird and a close up on her hand.

A close up of her face.

I have another skellie girl sculpture in mind that I'll probably work on tonight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Current work 10/18/11

Some new plates to paint. Most are already spoken for. Only the snake is not a commission. And that plate dried funky. It's oval and not flat. My bad when I put it out to dry. It wasn't exactly balanced properly on the other plate it was drying upon. So, I thought it might be nice to make something 'new'. This might go into my personal collection.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Skellie girl with Blue Bird of Happiness

Sometimes, I get an image in my head and it will not go away. This can be a good thing sometimes.  But, when I am tired from sculpting and have no energy to continue, well, then I just have to draw the image out. Since Gandalf is done, I think I'll spend tonight's work time to making the above image into a sculpture. I will have to make a few changes since having bone skinny pieces of clay would be fragile and likely to break. But the general gist will be there.