For the past year, I've been painting clouds in my sketchbook. Using watercolor, graphite, gouache, and oils I've painted their varying forms over and over and over. In late June, I put those drawings onto small bowls to test how they'd do with cobalt stained slip and with underglazes.
underglaze is to the left, cobalt slip is to the right. They needed a second coat for the clouds, but I felt they were successful enough to start adding them to my tumblers I'd thrown for my July subscription cups.
I spent many pleasant hours coating the cups in underglaze (I mixed a paler blue than the bowl after I saw how bright it was- I didn't feel like there was enough value difference between the two blues) and slip and drawing and painting the clouds on with white slip and several different white and gray underglazes to give the clouds the depth, opacity, and transparency you see in the sky.
I am so excited with how these cups turned out. They're all roughly 4.5" tall, which is just about as tall as I like to go with cups (barring special orders, of course). Some are finished in a satin clear glaze, some in gloss. I'm not sure which I prefer. I am looking forward to making more of these in the future. It's nice to see the ideas from my sketchbook turn into real objects.
In August, I'll return to my sketchbook for inspiration for the cup subscription, and I'll also open up a second round for September, October, and November. The fall subscription will be smaller than this round was. 18 is a lot of cups to mail out at once, so I will scale back to a smaller number and hope to have more available for sale as one-ofs after the subscription is filled.
I'm ending July testing new white glazes, filling custom orders, and planning for holiday events. Hope your summer is going well.