I tried so very hard today.
These were my last attempts at mugs in pottery class. They actually look and feel great, the only problem is that all three of these mugs were glazing failures. The tops of these mugs were supposed to be bright pinks, blues and Chartreuse green. One of the glazes I used backfired and turned them all brown. As an artist or maybe just as a perfectionist, this will haunt me until I get it right. I called today’s post DO-OVER because I am still in pursuit of the perfect mug. Perfect to me that is!
I spent two hours today glazing four mugs. That is ridiculous, but I really spent some time thinking about color combinations and chemical reactions. Each of my new mugs will have a matte finish glaze on the bottom and the tops will have all sorts of color combinations. The first mug will have matte amethyst, red, pink and purple. The second mug will have fern mist green mixed with colonial white, the third mug will have cobalt blue with whites, pinks and purples. The fourth mug will have periwinkle, cobalt and golden yellow.
To reiterate, all the glazes I picked today should not have any browns in them. In my head I see them as sort of bright and colorful. It’s so hard to wait for the results. They never turn out like I imagine. I’m crossing my fingers though!
I got three more soap dishes back today. They are going to be teacher’s gifts.
I brightened up this mug by adding blue & yellow glazes and re-firing it. My teacher doesn’t recommend doing it, but luckily it worked out. It actually looks better in real life than in the photo.
I stayed late today to start on some bowls for next week. I am going to attempt something similar to the mugs in style. I threw the bottoms of the bowls on the wheel and next week I am going to hand-build higher walls with slabs of clay and then embellish them of course!
So this wasn’t the best show n’ tell week, but hopefully next week I shall have some beautiful mugs to show!
Until then, Sayonara!
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