Monday, October 27, 2008
I've got a digital recorder and I love it. It's so tiny, light and easy to use. It's also easy to lose. So, I made it a case. The case is about twice as wide as the recorder, but I have to be able to find this gadget! I used two scraps of cloth, some batting, a leftover button from a blouse I made, and played with the fancy thread and fancy stitches.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I started exploring coil building this semester. Here's one of the coil built pots. I couldn't decide how I wanted to glaze it, so I put one glaze on one side and another on the other side. Then I dunked the top in green class glaze and I do like the way it ran and blended.
I finally made my serious cocoa mug. The mug is huge and useful for those times when only chocolate will help. I did this one with coils. Then I experimented with using several coats of underglaze and sanding through the underglaze to reveal the colors. Then I grabbed a carving tool and carved a bit. I know the handle looks like it's way too wide - it's not. It fits my hand well.
This is from a class assignment where we were supposed to make two boxes expressing duality. I thought about the duality between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. While there is a lot that differs, there's a lot that's the same. I made a structured box and an organic, unstructured box that sort of shaped itself. The lids do open, but the opening is fairly small and the boxes are not practical for storage of anything other than ideas.
These are low fire spirit rattles. The green on the top of the larger rattle is a class glaze. I thought it would run a bit more. Typical. The glaze you don't want to run, runs all over the piece, the kiln shelf, and other pieces in the kiln. The glaze you want to run stays put.
I've started working with 3-d tiles using 3 or 4 layers of tile, cutting away what I don't need and leaving the rest. I used slip for most of the decoration on these, and I'm not completely satisfied with the slip. The tiles I'm working on now, I've put several layers of slip and sanded through the layers to show more than one color.