Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pottery: Isaiah don't look!

I have so much pottery to share! Well, it seems like a lot considering I'm just going to drop in classes. I've actually been going which is great. I thought I might run out of things to make but that never seems to be a problem. 

I re-glazed the teapot after finding it pretty streak with just two coats. And it was out of the kiln last night when I went to drop-in class! Yay! And it pours! Double Yay!! It's not perfect in any way (very much has the 'travelling through space' look) but I'm still very proud of it. I had glazed the dalek mug with camel and copper and it turned out pretty cool as well. It's going to be hard to wait until Christmas before I give it to Isaiah. I want to start using them both right now.

Last night, I also glazed the bowl for my friend with old copper and dragonfly, I hope the combination is a beautiful as I'm imagining it will be. Some of the pieces end up being a giant surprise.

A surprise like this pitcher that I 'rescued' from the give away box. It was in the give away box and was too lovely to pass up. I don't understand how people make these perfect pieces and then never return for them. I figured it was definitely worth the 5$ it cost to glaze and re-fire it. I glazed it with gator and teal and it turned out quite unexpectedly weird. Apparently the gator separates into sections (like scales I guess? Must be why it's called gator). I didn't notice it as much when I used it previously but I had used it on a textured plate so perhaps that was the difference. I have no idea why these things happen. It's so weird but I kind of love it.

I spent the rest of my time (which flies by even faster in the 2 hr drop-in classes) making little snowman ornaments. I picked up a cookie cutter at Value Village and thought they would make fun ornaments. I wanted to make ornaments but needed something that would work even with the back not being glazed (as you need one side not glazed). I thought snowmen was my best option although last night I thought snowflakes would be good too if I can figure out how to make one without it falling apart.

One of the snowmen lost his hat.
Finally, I also got back the dog mug I made for my brother-in-law for Christmas. Amy sent me a photo of their German Pointer's paw, I traced the shape onto tracing paper which I then used to cut out the three paw prints from the clay. I glazed it with old copper and camel which has become one of my favourite glazing combinations.


Dave VanSlyke said...

Truly impressive! It's clear that you really enjoy pottery class.

Jason Stanley said...

If you look inside the teapot, I bet there's a swimming pool inside.

Anonymous said...

love it all!

Alley said...

Haha yes Jason, it'll hold more tea than expected!