January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a happy, healthy year ahead. Having my open house in November followed closely by Christmas shopping, depleted my inventory considerably. I want to thank those of you who decided to shop locally and included my work in your shopping plans. I also had a couple of people who did online searches for local small businesses and found my website! I also found a plumber as a result, which made me very happy. That, my friends, was a win/win!

I’m afraid the next few newsletters will be kind of mundane, though I am experimenting with my black clay a little. I made test pieces to try the glazes out and discovered that the sample glazes I got need brushing on with three coats. I’m used to dipping once and dipped those as well but the results told me I need to paint them. So, back to the drawing board with them. The agate wear (marbleized pieces) came out well enough that I can keep trying to make a few pieces. I think I’ve got the hang of it.  This is the tedious aspect of pottery.  There’s a lot of trial and error, as well as frustrations.  It’s all part of the learning curve when trying new clays, glazes or techniques.  Trying all three at the same time can result in a good deal of false starts.  I’m trying to fit it in between making what I need to make.

Starting at the beginning of the inventory alphabetically brought me to berry and batter bowls. I’m making small things for a little while to rest my elbow and shoulder because they’ve told me that I overused them – and they aren’t being subtle about it.

The berry bowls are about 7″ wide and 3″ high.

Small Berry Bowl   Small Berry Bowl Small Berry Bowl

 

 

 

 

The small batter bowls are the same size as the berry bowls and hold 4 cups of liquid.

Small Batter Bowl        Small Batter Bowl     Small Batter Bowl

IMG_0925   Small Batter Bowl

I have been experimenting with individual snack trays. I’ll be making more. I bought a few stamps with Chinese words along with the translation and am staining the stamped word and using clear glaze on that while glazing the rest with my regular glazes. This one is the symbol for Wind.  It doesn’t show well in the thumbnail photo.  I love the look of the symbols and like incorporating them in my work.

Individual Snack Tray

There were some Brie bakers in this firing. The plates are a bit over 5″ on the baking surface.  These can also used for roasting garlic.

Brie Bakers        Brie Baker

 

Currently, I have bundt cake pans and small baguette holders drying.  I bought a new glaze and as soon as I have it mixed I’ll test it so that I’m comfortable with how it works before I use it for “important” pieces.  It’s an amber celedon that will be a transparent golden brown.  I am planning to retire Albany Gold for a while.  I also have my eye on a couple more to change out as the year progresses.

Stay warm and, for those who were impacted by the blizzard in the Northeast, I hope you didn’t sustain any damage and are back to normal.  Spring is only two firings away!  Doesn’t it make it sound like it’s just around the corner?

Lauren