plate eight, and the beginnings of 2015

Hello! And happy Friday!  I have just unloaded one of my happiest kilnloads in a good while and am excited to share with you the beginnings of my 2015 collection.  First, plate eight:

This small porcelain plate (well, saucer, really) was a big experiment for me.  I have quite a stash of sea glass I've collected from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and from the coast of Maine.  They are both my favorite souvenirs from important trips in terms of my creative development.  For this plate, I took four small pieces of sea glass from Maine and scattered them on the saucer I'd coated with white glaze.  I really had no expectations, other than four drifts of color.  I was SO surprised that the brown glass completely lost their color, and how much the green faded.  Blue, my reliable friend, performed just as I expected it to.  I'm not sure where this is going, but I have more ideas to play with in the future.

The rest of the kiln is filled with small treats to take to the book party tomorrow, Saturday, February 28, at Me and Mrs Jone's Germantown location (2135 Merchant's Row, 38138).  I am so excited about this work.  I've always used a mixture of new and vintage blue and white ceramics in my own home, and I wanted my work to fit in with that work- to coordinate with vintage transferware and rustic pottery as well as blend with a more modern palate.  I think that this photo is the basis of my work for this year- a little woodgrain, a little inlay, some hand-painted whimsy and Asian-inspired florals, plus a great deal of over the top romantic floral images borrowed from English and French 19th century stoneware.  Color me happy.

I will have a limited number of cups, trays, tiny bowls, and bud vases tomorrow, then more at a spring pop up on March 28.  This work will be headed to my shop, as well, and I will officially debut this work with large serving pieces at Urban Barn Market's Market in May. 

Have a nice weekend, friends!