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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt
A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!
Filtering by Tag: birds
Even the bluebirds wanted in on some pottery fun!
But seriously, I have been curbing my enthusiasm for bloggering every little thing I do and have found it very productive!
Who would've known?
After a visit with Turner last week and some close examination of some alkaline glazed pots Catawbaware, I had the thought that some of these handles must have been thrown. It's quite possible that they were pulled, but I had a hunch about some of these. After some brief experience over the past few years of my fascination with this style handle, I thought there's no better way except to do.
here's the cylinder that I will cut the handle from.
I carefully scored with a needle tool. If you go too fast you may lose control of the soft clay and bang up the handle.
The cut handle layed out on the table to measure equal length for each handle.
A trial attachment.
The handle with a coil added to the upper part of the attachment and smoothed in.
Not bad to my eyes. But we'll see where this goes. The only drawback to this kind of handle is that it makes it harder (but not impossible) to balance a piece of glass on the handle to get a glass run in the glaze. But I like the lines and the thinner cross section of the handles. I think they will be easier to hold.
Back to it and then a trip to Asheville for a visit to Kyle's and then Clay Club at Odyssey!
Knowing the tight deadline I'm on and knowing how much effort and mental capacity it takes, I willed myself into bird territory last night and tried some new stuff, including clouds! I'm glad I did. Let me know what you think. Suggestions are most welcome!
enviable state: flight. I sketched these out with wax
- it's hard to judge the pots at this stage, better just to forge ahead without too much thinking.
- see the mark before it is painted
- I'm just getting warmed up
- often the marks are a lot like the pots. repetition brings [can't read my scribbles] out the best marks when an unselfconscious place is arrived at [?]
- some marks are real duds!
Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Ironically, Kyle mentioned "loosey-goosey" in a comment earlier. How 'bout these geese, er, chickens? These are from last night.The upper left is the first and the lower right is the last. It was a fun excercise that took maybe 5 minutes max. I didn't value the plates for they are a little on the potato chip side of weight(too thin) and I thought it was a good opportunity to practice a different way of painting.
The chicken/bird on this Greek pot started it all. I was tired and wanted to do the bird quickly and see what happened when I wasn't so careful with the brushwork! Back to the iglaze™ machine...
This cup has been painted and glazed. After that, I brushed some wax resist over the glaze and then cut through with a sharp little bitty trimming tool (that Becky Lloyd had given me a while back). Then I brushed some black slip over the cut through design of forlorn birdy. I'm curious if the slip will "float" in the glaze surface or fade into the under glaze.
[FIRING NOTE: The kiln may need a new coil or two as it's struggling to get to temperature. I have put some fiber on the lid to help it along. After all, it is 12 years old! It could be a long night of "stoking"]
Where is it now is any one's guess. Somehow the pots we make go out into the great big world.
This bird has flown.
Lucy Dierks inspires me with the pots she makes and the birds that inhabit them. I hope you like this one, Lucy. It's coming your way in a little brown truck, soon! Lucy was the winner of the Disqus contest a little while back. You can see her work at her beautiful web site, here. Congratulations, Lucy!
Spent the evening setting up the shop for painting as well as a little winterizing. I covered a couple of windows in the doors that had broken out, and covered the main entrance which I have yet to put a door in. Then I turned on my portable propane heater. Pretty nice to be inside. It was about 50 and dropping outside. I got started on some birds on some cups and plates. They are somewhat stylized as are my other motifs, specifically vines/leaves. It was a nice warm up.