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!
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!
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!
I’ve been working with a new clay called speckled buff and a glaze called white nebula.
Loving the effects. Makes me want to sip coffee on vacation by the beach:)
I’ve been enjoying the process of making these driftwood shadow boxes . Dare I say, it feels like play!
I’m at the point of creating the creatures from clay. I’ve under-glazed them. Next they’ll be bisque fired and glazed with a clear coat for a final firing… I’m definitely not cranking these out in an afternoon. Slow and steady. Adding little bits at a time. I’ve wanted to go to the beach to collect some more natural elements, but I am at my end of how much cold I can tolerate. I’m chronically cold and feel like I have about three more days of holding out for spring before I fall on the floor and play dead. I’m losing it!
On that note, I will fix myself my third cup of tea. Not for the caffeine, but for the hot-mug-heater!
Back to creating…I’ll keep you updated on their progress :)
A couple weeks ago I had mentioned that I had one of those “A-HA” moments. I have been using craft foam to make my own stamps for abstract art painting. Then it occurred to me, why not try the same concept with clay? I made some testers and gosh darn it, it works! So to continue with my “by the sea” theme, I’ve started creating foam plates to allow me to write words of inspiration on my summer beach pottery. I’m psyched. What a super-fun idea! I’mmm juuust gettting staaarted!!!
Made some pretty pitchers last week too. You guessed it, beach theme!
The Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild Pottery Studio is preparing for our “SOUP’S ON” event this Friday at 6pm. Bowls are going in and out of the kiln like mad!
I asked some students from The Compass School to help me make about 20 bowls as my contribution. I just love the messages they include in their designs. These are all glaze firing as we speak.
My Step Mom said she’s so excited to come and take home one of my alphabet bowls.
Sorry Meme. I made those for your grandkids! They are already eating soup out of them!
I’ll have to make more in the future, but for now, I have contributed some other bowls to the event ;)
Next, I need to make a giant pot of soup. I’ve selected my father’s famous Rosemary Chickpea Soup. It is vegetarian, although you’d never know it. Somehow my dad has figured out how to squeeze every morsel of flavor out of the simplest of ingredients. I’m happy to share one of my family’s favorites.
…. I Can’t wait!
Starting on that beach theme…Of course I forgot to take photos, but I have 3 more big pots in the kiln. The biggest I’ve thrown yet!
Piling up…going to have to spend a day glazing… SOON!