Sunday, December 21, 2008
For the first ornament, we took images from holiday cards and glued them to paper mache ornaments. We then applied a special double sided sticky tape to the image and covered it with tiny clear glass beads -- giving it a very reflective quality.
For the second ornament, we found a small image that was cut down to the size of a monocle. A special crystal clear glue was applied to the glass and then the image was adhered to it (see below).
As a bonus, I brought my Revolution die cut machine with the template to cut gift tags. Donna and Vicki really had a blast cutting out the tags from old Christmas card images.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The image is sent off to a guy who makes the tranfer "paper" and then it is applied and fired.
These are not for sale, yet. But check out my new blog. http://heatherspottery.blogspot.com.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I've been looking for a way to recreate the concept (not using clay) and I finally came up with the idea of using chip board (heavy cardboard) and decorating the house with paper and other embellishments. I used a ginger-bread house pattern to cut out each house. They were pre-assembled for the workshop, so we could spend the time on creative part of decorating the house.
Each is Spirit House is a unique work of art, inspired by the artist's own vision.
Vicki had an idea of using twigs and moss (which she brought to share), but she ended up working with the papers and embellishments provided to create a little house with siding (see below). Her sign above the door says "Dream".
Joanne used all sorts of papers to create a colorful house. Both she and I capitalized on Vicki's idea of using the moss. We used small mirrors to represent windows.
I started using the dark rose paper on the roof - completely intrigued by the rich color. My little sign says "Believe".
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I applied 4 coats of a low-fire glaze called "Red Dragon". Let me just say that applying low-fire glazes takes a considerable amount of time as each coat must be painted on and then allowed to dry before the next coat is applied.
When I went to pick-up the "Red Dragon" hearts, they were completely white. The red colorant had burned away in the firing. I was devastated. So many hearts, so little time.
Junzo, the kiln master at the studio, suggested I refire the hearts using a glaze called "Hot Tamale." So, once again, I spent a huge amount of time painting 4 coats of glaze on each heart. As you can see below, most of the hearts turned out okay, but a few have broken spots within the red glaze (probably caused by dust).
Despite the drama, "The Stupid Hearts" came out looking pretty good.
Somewhere in this process, I was inspired to create small boxes, using the same cookie cutters I had used to make the ornaments. It required cutting out thicker pieces of clay and then stacking them on top of each other. The lids were made at the same time -- the knobs made from a Sprig mold.
Once the stack of clay was leather-hard, I carved out the inside. This is more time consuming than reglazing "The Stupid Hearts." They are still drying on the shelf at the studio, so I am not sure how they turn out after being glazed. After my disappointment in the hearts, I am hesitant to invest my heart into their success.
Last night, I started my six week course on Surface Decoration at Xiem Clay Studio. I think it is going to be a good class and I can take what I learn to apply to my other pieces.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Matt-Black on the bottom and then bottle was dipped entirely in Korean Blue Celadon.
Matt Black with Non-Iron Blue
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Unfortunately the glaze ran on this cute little jar, so the lid is now permantely attached. Bummer! Obviously, this photo is pre-glaze.
Some new shapes are emerging.
This is Brillian Black with Korean Blue
Brillian Black with Non-Iron Blue. It has almost a greenish cast to it.
Glossy White and Kei Ito Red
Brillian Black with Rutile Pink
Matt Black with Rutile Pink
Matt Black with Korean Blue
Matt Black with Korean Blue
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The goal of this workshop was to reconnect with your ancestors and to create a tree that reflected who they were using different color and patterns for the leaves.
Joanne, Laurel, Vicki and Heather participated in the workshop. It was held at Heart & Soul Healing Art Center in the back yard under a GIANT Fig Tree. The weather was perfect and the session quiet as we each reflected on where we came from and how it is part of who we are.
Each tree is as unique as the individual who created it.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Earlier this month I purchased Hydro-Bats. They are made of plaster and have the pin holes for the potter's wheel. They are far superior to the plastic bats I had been using when throwing as they do not flex when you remove them from the wheel. They have take some time to get used to as the clay does not adhere in the same way. I have had two pieces near completion that have flown off the wheel and been lost.
My first two successes with the new bats are this small lidded bowl thrown with Black Mountain clay and glazed with Korean Blue and a hanging bowl for a plant (not pictured). The hanging bowl is thrown the reverse of a traditional bowl. Instead of pulling the walls out, the walls are pulled in to form a dome over the air pocket and it is sealed until the clay is leather hard. At that point, it is trimmed and the holes are made for the wire (to hang it) and drainage. I will photograph it once I have it strung up with wire.
Below are three pieces thrown on the hydro-bats and trimmed, yesterday. The texture is called chattering. It is done when the piece is trimmed to add interest. It is hard to understand the size in these pictures, but these are some of the largest pieces I have thrown. Also, the vase is the lightest piece, I've ever created. The secret is to trim away the excess clay without going through the piece. I get nervous about going through (which I have done), so my pieces remain heavier than they should be. These were thrown using Nara porcelain. Once they are completely dried they will be bisque fired, glazed and high-fired.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Everyone started with a chicken wire base and used wire cutters to create the shape of their crown. You can see how each crown reflects is as unique as the person who created it.
#1 -- Veronica
#2 -- Donna
#3 -- Marie
#4 -- Heather
Most of the lace and jewelry was found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Next month, Saturday, June 7, we will be putting together a family tree. Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It was great fun and the students needed very little guidance and their masks are all unique and spectacular. Check out the pictures below.