In the coming few months I plan to focus on my Off Circle vessels again. There is something about the organic shapes and thick lips that keep me coming back to these forms. It has been a long time since I have sketched out my ideas. I was having fun in the studio with my large pad, favorite pencil and a hot cup of tea. It's nice to just sit back and sketch. Trying out a form quickly on paper is much easier than building it in clay!
These are the results of my color tests. I tested 1%, 3% and 5% of each stain in both a clear glaze and in Limoges porcelain. The top photo shows the mini test bowls before the firing and the rest of the images show the final colors. Of course, as always, the colors are not exactly what I expected, but I think there are a lot of beautiful ones. I am especially into the really pale glazes and the deep purply-blue porcelain.
I got a request to produce my tableware set in a color scheme of pale blues and greens. I had been wanting to explore these colors myself so this little nudge was all that I needed to get going. I like to add color both to my clay and to my glazes and you never know what the right percentage will be. This leads to lots and lots of test tiles (or in my case mini test bowls). I am testing 6 different stains at 1%, 3% and 5%. I can't wait to see how they all turn out. Sometimes the most beautiful ones are the ones you least expect.
These are images from the first two months of 2013.
The gorgeous orchid was bought at 2am on January 1st by my wonderful sister and her boyfriend from a mini floral market that is open 24/7 and happened to be on our walk back home from the New Year's Eve festivities. I am proud to say that 2 months later it is still alive and gorgeous, at last we have kept a plant alive!!
The little porcelain bits and bobs are some new jewelry ideas that I have been playing around with.
I have been enjoying using my own plates at home. This image was taken while enjoying one of my favorite breakfasts - Wasa crackers, spreadable herbed cheese and cucumbers.
My birthday was in January and my adorable and thoughtful husband baked me a cake. It not only looked amazing, but was also de-li-cious!!!
I have been hard at work in the studio working on a new plate design. Above is the plaster model that I carved and will make a mold of. I am hoping for some good results so I will keep you posted on how it turns out.