Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Clay work - Vessels

Here is my last clay post for a while. I have posted everything, and need to go make more. HA! Actually I have a bunch that will be out soon. Can't wait! Need to build more as well.
One of my pieces built while watching my teacher do a demonstration. Lotus flower?? Candle holder for sure.
Salt Cellar glazed to match our kitchen counters.

Yes, it has an angled top. 
I love this. Another "Inspired" piece. 
Two bowls I built during teacher demonstrations. Hands working away while I was distracted.

The triangle one makes me want chips and Salsa. 

Another "Inspired" piece. There is a mistake, but I like it that way.
Side View.

Love the feet on this one,

Friday, March 13, 2015

Clay Stuff - Zentangles

SO I barely Zentangle, but it is super cool. If you haven't seen it go here. https://www.zentangle.com

When I learned about Zentangles it was right before I started working with clay. I thought it would be a good match with the clay. This is my first piece using them. I wanted it to be sculpture. 
Nice green glazed back.

Again I was watching a demonstration and this came out of my hands while I wasn't paying attention. Love it when that happens.
Love this green. Gave it to my green friend… wonder how she is using it. :)

This is one of the few wheel thrown pieces, it has two Zentangles, one on each side… might have been nice if I showed them. HA!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Clay Work - Weirder stuff

So I fully admit some of my stuff is weird. See for yourself.

A tall skinny vase that is curved. 
I had totally different intentions for this piece, but the teacher was lecturing and this is what happened to it. Notice the dandelion weeds on it?
Don't know if it will stand up if there were flowers in this, with the curve, I think it might be unsteady. I should probably test that theory.

So I totally see a face on this, do you?
Side view. It stands as well, but I don't like it that way.

So this one is cool! it is of my fist.

Turquoise inside.

Thumb side.

Pinkie Side.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Clay work - Particularly proud of

So this posting is the work I am particularly proud of. Either I was told I couldn't do it, or was spiritually inspired to do it.  These pieces aren't up for gifting, but most of the rest of my stuff is. If you want something, tell me, I will probably be happy to give it away.

One of my "Inspired" pieces. My teacher told me it wasn't possible. Turned out pretty good, in my humble opinion.

One of my few wheel thrown pieces. I hated it when it was done, so I used it to practice pulling handles. I did about 7 handles, then noticed the texture was going out really cool. I love it now.

The idea for this was "Inspired" and the texture is a total accident. Think I had help with that as well. Looks just like a tree trunk to me. Love the little bird.

The inside glaze matched our counter tops perfectly. 

Another inspired one.  Really love it. the most "arty" one I have done.

I was going to make this half the size, happy my teacher forced me to keep going. There are three coil designs  on this piece.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Clay work first class - One year ago

I started doing clay a year ago. Crazy!

I really do love it.

Here are the pieces I made the first 8 week session (you have already seen the big red bowl) that I could gather pictures for. I still really like them.

My teacher said "Make a Sculpture" 

I took a class where I followed the directions very carefully… 

First thing I ever made. Includes all of the techniques the teacher demonstrated on the first day of class.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clay work #2

I am currently taking a Wood Firing class and we just did our first firing. All the students put in something small and most of the kiln was full of the teachers stuff. I had a cup and mug set and put those in. I have a bunch more to come out soon, but these rock!

Inside both Cups. I used the same glaze inside both and they came out completely differently. One pure
 white (right) and the other you can see the Oatmeal the glaze is named for (left)

With wood fire you don't get a consistent glazing. Here is side one.

Glazing side two.

The cool thing about these is the were right next to each other in the middle of the kiln, and they look totally different.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Last March I started going to clay classes… I have never thought of myself as creative or artistic, but am starting to come around to the idea.

I have run out of space to keep what I have made, and started to give away my work, so I thought I might keep a picture journal of what I have made over the past year.

This Luminary is just finished - Gonna Bisque soon.

This is one of the first things I ever made.

This was a first attempt at the Luminary Arch I just finished. There was a mistake in firing it and they went to cone 12. It feels like concrete. Such a cool mistake!

Large Candle holder.

I didn't know what this was when I was making it. I have researched and found it is called a Poppet. I made this for a Wood Firing class, about to Bisque it this week, will see when it comes out. I think it will have help from my peeps while it is firing.

Taper candle holder, made at the same time as the square one above.

This was the first time I used this technique, I call them doughnuts, but that isn't the right name. Since I live in the desert everyone thinks it is a Palo Verde sculpture.

I was going through this spiritual journeying week and was "told" to go to the clay coop, this is what I made. Such a cool experience. 

This is one of the few Wheel Thrown pieces. This is a mistake gone well.
That is all for today. I will post more when take the pictures. Hope you liked them!