I have been working hard this month to build inventory and to keep working on surface design skills (and, frankly, forms), all while managing back to school transition (we started on the 10th) and I was fortunate to have a friend be an intern for two weeks and get some of the heavy lifting chores (resurfacing kiln shelves, mixing glazes and slips) out of the way while I had help. I have a ton of ideas swimming in my head, and plans on paper, and a production schedule to meet to get work into my local retailers' shelves, in my online shops, and for fall and holiday events, plus planning for shows and applying for opportunities in 2016. August has been a heavy planning month. But I do have a stack of plates to show you, which has me fairly well caught up for my weekly plate goal.
This is another of my sea and stone pieces, porcelain, thrown on the wheel, but roughly. It's the last piece I made using underglazes. This one is fairly large, 12" across, with carving and inlaid sea glass. I have completely run out of my underglaze mixes, and although I like the watercolor effects it gives me, I'm leaving it on the shelf.
I am much happier with these slip-coated pieces. Helen and I mixed up a batch of slip last week and I dipped several small slab dishes into the slip and carved them. I think the look is both more uniform and more subtle, and even though I tripped last monday, fell, and sent this little plate (#33) crashing to the driveway, I feel like this is a better piece, and more representative of what I want this work to be. There are still some little issues to work out (like catching the piece in the sweet spot of just leather hard so that the slip fits and dries (and then fires) well, but I like where this is going. A lot.
And never fear, I'm still working in cobalt. I have been enjoying the work of several watercolor artists on IG and noticed several hand-painted renditions of toile in the past few weeks. I haven't gone crazy with the all-over pastoral scenes, but I do like this little bird on the colored ground. There's a cup that goes with this, and I plan to play with this a bit more in the coming months. This is my new porcelain, which I like so much I shoved aside the other three clay blends I bought in July and bought 200 more lb to see me through the holidays. I'm thinking that everything that gets a colored glaze(or slip) will be in one of the nice stonewares, but blue and white work stays on porcelain. This is plate 34, a 10" plate.
And finally, plate 35, which brings me completely up to date. I also have to thank IG for this idea, particularly these streams. I kept thinking about maps and Memphis and finally sat down and carved two rubber blocks with the map of Memphis- including rivers, major parks, the beltline, and major roads. There's a small block- 5x7- which fits small plates like this little porcelain dessert plate- and then a larger 11x7 block for bigger plates, platters, and tumblers. But that's a post for another day. I really like this, and will have them out and about around town in the next few weeks.
That's all for now. Have a lovely week, friends!