I feel like I just barely squeaked in at the end of March with shipping out my subscriptions. First, I'll start with bud vases. I was at my favorite junk-tique market with a friend last year when I saw this aqua glass ink bottle. Even though the top is cracked, I fell in love with it. It's one of my favorite bud vases. Short, squatty, just at 3" tall, it's the vase I reach for first. The day I launched the bud vase subscription I sat down and threw a baker's dozen of these little vases out of porcelain. When I went to glaze them last week I saw that I was out of my aqua, so mixed more and got the color just a hair more intense than I'd planned, but they're a springy true robin's egg. I've already thrown and decorated April's selection. More on that later!
My bowl and cup subscription items this week were actually a request from someone who's had my work for a long time. I used to make fern-patterned pieces in which I pressed the fern into the wet clay so that it left an impression, fired then glazed the impression with a copper-based green glaze, waxed over the green, then dipped the piece in white glaze. It was lovely, but it took forever to do, my old white glaze was cranky at best, I spilled wax all over the place and had messes to clean up (or fire off and try again) and I just stopped making them. A few months ago, a friend broke her favorite fern piece and asked for another. I had discovered that the copper and water wash I sometimes used for decorating was a near-replica of the old style, with much less hassle, so I tried it with ferns.
The effect is nice. The only issue is keeping the copper in suspension so that I don't get too much copper, because too much breaks through the glaze and isn't safe for food. Happily, this only happened on the outside of pieces, so the inside glaze is 100% food safe, and the spoon rests that I also made are entirely covered with glaze and safely coated. I have made more pieces to decorate and will be mixing a copper-based underglaze, so the flux and clay ingredients will temper the copper. Right now these ferns are a one-of, but if I can safely replicate this design so that it won't leach into food, I will make more.
I thew April's bowls and cups today and am excited about them. I'll be back next week with a listing of spring events. Have a good week, friends!