Clay Carving

I am continuing my personal goal of wheel-throwing pots instead of hand-building them.  This is forcing me to come up with different techniques for embellishment.
For the pitcher up above, I found a beautiful photo of a Moroccan carpet and used a part of the motif as inspiration. There are 4 different tear drops in my design.  I painted with underglaze paints and when they were dry, I took carving tools and carved outlines.
The vessels below utilized the same technique; hand painted and then carved.
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After their bisque firing, I will dip these pieces in clear glaze and they’ll be ready to go!

My pottery teacher laughed. She said “Boy, the extent you will go to avoid traditional glazes!”   …she’s right.  I’m going to have to embrace those muddy-brown glazes eventually!  …eventually ;)
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Wax Resist

_2017-08-14 21.31.46_2017-08-14 21.30.11For the distant future, I am challenging myself to only wheel-throw as opposed to my chronic  obsession with hand -building pottery.

Here are a bunch of mugs I left very simple and un-altered. Of course I am not one to keep things completely simple (aka. PLAIN), so this will be a challenge to decorate wheel-thrown pieces without adding extra clay.

For these mugs I stamped in some sayings and images. The fun part was painting on wax . Any place there is wax, the glazes will not adhere. Later, the wax burns off in the kiln. As a design element, I created arches with the wax, glazed them and it produced a nice effect. The bare clay shows through  in the arches and yet I still have areas of beautiful glazes.

I am currently painting and sgraffitto-carving a bunch of vessels. I will add photos  of these pieces in the current days. I’ve also tripled the amount of clay I would typically throw on the wheel.

I love giving myself challenges. It makes me grow as an artisan and keeps things fun and interesting. I think they call that ” a perpetual learner” :)

More Fun at Pottery Camp

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Spoons!  Who knew spoons could be so cute, cuddly and fun! lol

Spoons are a great opportunity for kids to make those pinch pots. Plus coil making and scratch and slipping.

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These little orbs are rattles we call “spirit shakers”.  They are based on a Native American tradition.  Tiny pieces of clay are wrapped in paper and placed inside these hollow balls.  When the paper burns off in the kiln, the tiny clay pieces are released making a fun sound.

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Next we have wheel-thrown bowls that were then altered into animals. Don’t forget to scratch and slip!

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Finally, I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought.  We have to make these!!!

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When the kids came to pick up their pots, we had grass seed and some instructions to make their very own chia heads.  Fun stuff!

So this concludes pottery camp 2017.  600 pots later, the kids are going home with some great projects and memories to boot!

Pockets from Pottery Camp

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Each kid at camp made a wall pocket using the slab roller, templates and tons of stamps for decoration.

Traditionally wall pockets are used for mail, keys, pens and pencils, maybe even a plant. However, I mentioned I use my pottery pockets at home as charging stations.  I can’t stand all the wires! It keeps all the devices off my counters.

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The kids thought that was an awesome idea.  Every household has a device or two.  They were so clever, they actually put small holes at the bottom so the wires could go into the pockets and hide even more mess.camp9camp10_2017-09-05 12.45.38

Sometimes I forget who’s the teacher and who’s the student!

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Remember when I figured out I could use craft foam to create my own pottery stamps?

Each camper made one too. I just love how the glaze breaks on their pieces.

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They also had the opportunity to throw some bowls and mugs using the pottery wheel.

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I just adore watching what kids come up with :)

Souvenir RI Ring Dishes

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These little ring dishes were experiments in creating my own stamps for pottery.  Each has a sea theme and something about Rhode Island.  We are such a small state, I think it’s safe to say when you come to visit, it’s very easy to see it all. That’s why I find it so hard to write very specific towns on everything. From Providence, to Newport, Watch Hill and Narragansett.  It’s all beautiful and an awesome place to play.  So I will stick with my favorite saying  -I love RI!

Driftwood Shadow Boxes

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My poor family can tell you.  I am a collector of junk.

My darling husband is forced to carry bags and bags of driftwood down the beach.

My children are mortified their mother is picking up beer cans and bottle caps off the street.

Oh yeah, I am sure I am a dream to live with :)

Well family – Ya see???

I’m using all the garbage I collected thank you very much!

I have found a way to apply all of my treasure-hunting into a perfect marriage with my other passion, pottery.

I’m a little nervous because I’ve never shown anything like this to the world yet.   I am crossing my fingers that people find them as fun as I did collecting and constructing them!

 

Take Home a Piece of South County, RI

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I had so much fun making these!

  It’s like all the fun of outdoor gardening without breaking my back!

Fist I started with creating the planters.  They have an ocean theme and all different Rhode Island locals stamped into clay.

Second, I invested in a wide variety of succulents. This was hard because really, I just wanted to keep all the plants for myself!

Third, Had to get some local sand.

The final steps were  like the icing on the cake.  I have a vast collection of sea glass I’ve gathered from the area.  I sprinkled some in.  I have boxes of driftwood I gathered during hurricane Sandy, each pot got a piece and the final touch was all the sea shells my kids have handed me every time we go to the beach (trust me, they pile up quick!). Mostly scallop shells and tiny periwinkles.  I find them in my kids pockets all summer long (my car too!)

Staring at them every day has made me oh so happy.  I hope they make some other people happy too!