Saturday, December 7, 2013
Will this last kiln be fired in time for Christmas listings? I'm hoping, but not holding my breath.
While waiting for a few more pots to get good and dry, I decided to have some relaxing time hand building and making slab doo-dads.
I hope everyone is making lots of sales and staying warm.
dry.. dry.. dry!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Last week I took photos on a sunny day. The photos came out pretty bad. I couldn't even fix them in Elements.
Here are some before and afters photos that show just what a difference a day makes.
Shot on a sunny day in photo cube with filtered natural light
Re-shot in the late afternoon on a snowy day - No cube, just natural light
Large Sunflower Bowl
Tall Sunflower Mug
Looking out the studio door on our first real snow day of the season.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Carved and Slip Trailed Texture Rollers
MKM has released so many cool texture rollers. They are a fast way to add decorative textures to your pottery creations. I like commercial stamps, I have a couple. However, for me, it's much more satisfying to use my own handmade stamps on my pottery.
To make these rollers, I started out with small extruded tubes. I let them dry to far leather hard so they wouldn't mis-shape with handling and also they would be perfect for carving. I did dampen the surface with a sponge prior to applying the slip trail decorations.
This batch really wasn't planned out. My carvings and slip trailing were all spontaneous and freehand. I usually get my best results just being spontaneous and free to take risks with design.
When slip trailing a stamp, the slip consistency is very important. It can't be runny or the trail will flatten out and won't make a good impression when in use.
I'll be firing these rollers in my next bisque kiln. I'll write a follow up post showing how I use them.
That's it for now. Take care and enjoy this beautiful Fall.
All designs and photos herein are owned by and ©Copyright Cindy Gilliland 2013.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last week the Ceramic Community lost a wonderful Artist. Many of you knew Mark from his series of pottery videos on YouTube.
Mark made all types of pottery. Barrel fired terra sigillata was his specialty. He did a lot of experimentation with glaze and different firing techniques. Mark was generous in sharing what he had learned.On a personal level Mark was a wonderful friend. Always supportive and gave straight forward advice. I will miss him very much. My heart goes out to Mark's wife Michelle and their family.
Here is a link to Mark's Blog, which further links to his YouTube Channel: Brookfield Pottery
This is a song Mark wrote for his wife Michelle
Monday, September 16, 2013
Aurora Borealis Mug
I love the Northern Lights, so throwing a pottery mug with hopes to capture the feeling and colors of the Aurora Borealis was a very fun experience.The finished mug has a wavy wild form which gives a feeling of movement. The colors are beautiful and soothing. The mug is large, it holds 3 cups. I used one of my hand carved stamps to add additional interest to the base and handle.
The finish is 5 colors of glaze and applied with a spray gun. I love spraying glaze. It's always a surprise when I open the kiln.
These Aurora Borealis inspired mugs are currently available for purchase in my DirtKicker Pottery Etsy Shop!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Many of you already know about my apprentice Rozzi. She was so excited to use the new North Star Slab Roller.
I demonstrated how to use it and asked if she needed any help, she confidently said.. No Grandma, I can do it all by myself.
She was impressed with the super roller. She loves the steering wheel the best.
When making anything with slabs, it's a good idea to smooth out the canvas imprint on the clay. Rozzi always grabs the small yellow mudtools rib. It fits her hands well.
For Rozzi's first spoon she used a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Next she used a templet to cut out the spoon handle. She decided to use the MKM tool and add texture on the handle.
Next she scores and uses magic water for the attachment. She applies gentle, but firm pressure to attach the spoon section to the handle.
Rozzi also made a round spoon for her Papa. In this photo you can see her applying magic water to the scored areas.
On this spoon she added an additional decorative detail. She rolled a marble size ball of clay, then flattened it into a button shape. Attached with scoring and magic water.
Rozzi then used a bisque stamp and added a cool spiral to the button attachment.
To add a bit more style and flare, Rozzi gently created a lift wave in the spoon handle.
Here are the clay spoons that Rozzi and I made together today.
* UPDATE!! Spoons have been glazed and fired. We did have one spoon break (total bummer), but the rest turned out very cute!
Pottery Spoons by Rozzi and Cindy at DirtKicker Pottery
Nicely Done Rozzi.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
There are so many unique pieces that I have made once, sold and never thought about again. Thankfully I take photos of all my work. I decided to put together a reference/catalog book of my favorite designs.
I designed an information sheet that specifies the details of the pot and tips on how I made it and glazed it.
I also print out a page of photos showing process and finished piece. The pages fit inside protective plastic binder sleeves.
It probably would have been easier to set this up on my little Mac Air, but I like the idea of having a studio book that I can get clay on and wipe clean. Besides, I'm old school. I like to turn pages :)