Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pottery studio tip - Forbes Wax Resist

I finally ordered a quart of Forbes wax to test it out.

Best wax resist ever!   It doesn't clump up during application.  It dries super fast.  After it dries it's shiny smooth and not at all sticky.  Brushes wash out with soap and water.

I add a little food coloring to wax resist to help me see the application area.

Forbes is wonderful to use when creating mishima decorations.  It makes surface clean up a breeze.

Sold by Highwater Clays, which is an East Coast company.  If you're West Coast, shipping is going to exceed the cost of the wax, but I still think it's worth the cost.

I love this product and highly recommend it.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

patience and mindful creativity

When January 2015 came around I felt a self imposed pressure to present something new for the year.  A new direction, something totally different.  I played around making pieces that I've never made before.  I even considered testing out some new clays. 

Rustic Rose Mug - 2010
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Rustic Rose Mug - 2014
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I tried, but nothing new appealed to me.  Probably because I have already found a style and direction in my work that I really enjoy.

Sometimes we have to force ourselves to turn off the voice of ego and turn on the voice of good work.  If we are patient and pay attention, we will see creative change happen naturally.

Aurora Borealis Mug - 2010
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2011
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2013
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2014/15
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It's fun to look back and still appreciate what I made 5 years ago.  It's also inspiring to know that year to year it will continue to morph into something new.