Sunday, July 6, 2014

Teaching an old dog

 new tricks.

The placing of the tile designs on to thrown forms continues.
 This round Mark threw some of the cone 6 clay body that we have left over after I make tiles. He made me about seven of these and then I put my tile designs on them.

I then used the same glazes that I am using for the tiles to set them off.
These are a ton of work, but a load of fun.

We think of them as vases but we noticed that they could be very fancy beer tumblers. (very fancy)
The discussion then became how to make them less tumbler shaped and more vase like.
That lead to some changes for what is now round 3 of these.

Mark is working on changing the lip area and adding some handles up high and down low.
It is interesting. This round is made in our stoneware clay and will be fired in the gas kiln.
I have my thinking cap on playing with glazes in my head....

I had some tiles in that last kiln and here are a few new designs.
I know- more red.... I am more a red than blue person. I need to work out more blues...or maybe a white.

I like this long shape it has possibilities for being hug across like you see it or turned to hang long. I am always toying with how a shape should hang.

 I'm also playing with leaves to see how I like multiple glazes in the leaves. I think I do like it, I would like to add some other greens into the palette 
This one has been backed for hanging.

It is hard to believe that we are heading into July. I feel as if June just jumped over me.
 I am finally use to teaching 3 days a week and then being here for the rest of the week. We have worked hard to continue to make pots even though we have not fired any yet.
I am pretty sure we will fire as soon as I am done.
I have a full 7 days left, that will take us into the end of July.
I'm betting we fire by early August.
Cheers to all!
Back to school tomorrow.


Barbara Rogers said...

Gorgeous glaze leaves and plant designs on everything! So glad you're sharing them here. I drool.

cookingwithgas said...


Michèle Hastings said...

tumblers or vases, they are all wonderful!

Linda Starr said...

love that lurking lizard

cookingwithgas said...

Thanks mh, I like him too Linda.

Tracey Broome said...

Flowers on flower vases, how perfect. I love how you and Mark work so well together after all these years. It's a rare and wonderful thing xo

cookingwithgas said...

Tracey, this is working well for us since I can take them with me to work on. In the past month we have learn some new tricks to working together.
Xxoo, m

cookingwithgas said...

Tracey, this is working well for us since I can take them with me to work on. In the past month we have learn some new tricks to working together.
Xxoo, m

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Just beautiful :)

cookingwithgas said...

thanks Gary!

Dennis Allen said...

Lookin good. I'd hang the tile with the vines running up and down. Makes more sense to me that way.

Gail said...

Love the new shapes for the vases. Like the handles.

Anna M. Branner said...

Do you add anything to your glazes to make them more brushable? I love your tiles so you know I love the tumblers/vases as well!

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Gail, thank you.
Anna, I'm using glazes that brush well in the tiles and work well for the vases too.I had one glaze that was more fluid and ran some.

Peter said...

I love seeing the tile decorations used in this way, what a delightful vase for flowers or tumbler for beer!

Lori Buff said...

These are really beautiful. I love the vibrancy of the glaze with the earthy quality of the clay. It makes me think of the flowers growing.

cookingwithgas said...

Hey Peter and Lori, thank you.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

I LOVE those vases!!!!!