Saturday, December 28, 2013

             Pink roses.watercolor.12.27.13. The previous post was the 
             same title, but was finished 12.27.13.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

              Pink rose.watercolor.Thanksgiving.11.18.13

Sunday, November 24, 2013

             Teapots 40 and 41. Really pleased with the top one. 
             The glaze is Falls Creek Shino on top, Seaworld on the 
             bottom; the two glazes overlap in the middle. The one on 
             the bottom has a Glossy White interior and outside is 
             commercial Butter Yellow (2-3 coats). Needs improvement. 
             The spout is way big for the body but the curve of it works. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

              Pink rose.watercolor.11.8.13

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

              Teapot 39. Seaworld on stoneware. I'm very excited 
              about this one because it turned out exactly the way 
              I designed it. I threw 2 V-shaped bowls, attached them,
              threw the lid separately (although it could have been cut 
              from the bottom of one of the bowls), threw the spout,
              and slab cut the handle.

Friday, November 1, 2013

             Pink roses.watercolor.10.30.13

Sunday, October 27, 2013

              Pink rose.watercolor.10.27.13

Saturday, October 26, 2013

              Teapot 38, two views. I'm pleased at how this turned out, even 
              though the lines of the drawings and lettering streaked a little. 
              Might it have been from using too much transparent? I like the 
              shape too, which is new for me. It's black and green underglaze.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

             Pink rose.watercolor.10.17.13

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Sunday, October 6, 2013

             Teapots 34-37.

             Top, Celadon on stoneware.

             Second from top, Glossy White over Floating Blue on earthenware.

             Third one down, ran into trouble with this one: Black all over, then 
             lid, spout tip and interior double dipped Floating Blue. Spout holes 
             closed. That's the second time that's happened. Note to self: stop 
             double dipping interior of pots.

             Bottom: My favorite! Mini teapot (3" body), Floating blue on 
             earthenware. It functions! Now I need to make some mini tea
             bowls to go with it.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

             Gruss an achen.watercolor.9.29.13

Saturday, September 28, 2013

             Teapots 31-33, all earthenware. 

             Top, Cobalt brush marks on Glossy White — always reliable.

             Middle, Glossy White; lid single dipped, bottom 1/4 double dipped 
             with Falls Creek Shino. That glaze was Karen's suggestion. 
             I was nervous about doing the whole thing, so I just did the lid. 
             I shouldn't have double dipped the bottom, should have made it 
             FCS only. I thought it was a discard after the firing because there 
             glaze was stuck to the lid and gallery, but — Joel pried it off! 
             with minimal damage. I was so happy.
             Bottom, tried again with the new Atlantis Aqua, firing the lid 
             and body separately. It worked this time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

             Sally Holmes.watercolor.9.5.13

Saturday, September 21, 2013

             Teapot 30. Seaworld on earthenware. I like it, 
             except two of the spout holes are filled with glaze. 
             (Luckily there's four more.) Also, I fired the lid and pot 
             separately so it looks very good but the lid slides 
             around more than I'd like. I suppose what I need 
             to do is make a tight. exact-fitting gallery — which is 
             really hard to do! I put a hole in the finial on the lid.
             Threaded through the hole is a cell phone charm.
             It's a bunny, in case you can't tell from the picture. 
             It's a gift from an ESOL student. I think it was to 
             commemorate the year of the rabbit (2011). 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

             Pink rose.watercolor.9.3.13

Saturday, August 31, 2013

             Teapots 26-29. Top is cobalt wash brushstrokes on glossy 
             white glaze on earthenware. The one below is also 
             earthenware with seaworld glaze. The one below that is also 
             seaworld glaze but on white stoneware. The bottom one is 
             floating blue over glossy white brushstrokes on earthenware. 
             The third one down is pretty small, but the others can hold 
             up to 2 cups.
             Teapot #25. Atlantic aqua glaze on earthenware.
             Unfortunately, the lid stuck, but Courtney warned me 
             that might happen. It's a new glaze she mixed that's 
             kinda runny. I like it though. I might try it again but fire 
             the lid separately. I like the shape too. The knob could use 

Monday, August 26, 2013

             Teapot #24. Seaworld glaze on earthenware. Unfortunately 
             the lid cracked. The lid was also fired separately (Nonna's 
             suggestion). It looks nice but the fit isn't snug — it's sliding
             around. Still — I like it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

             Teapot #21.  Courtney's new cobalt glaze on earthenware. 
             Spout's too long, but otherwise . . .       
             Teapot #22. Black glaze with commercial white circles and 
             knob. The knob fell off in the bisque fire but I reattached it 
             with extra glaze under and around it. Drew said not to do 
             that though because, when firing, the glaze may slip, 
             like lava, taking the knob with it. It might be interesting to 
             see where it winds up though. 

             Teapot #23. I'm counting this one as part of the series 
             although I made it 2 years ago. It was my first teapot. 
             I learned how to make it in Juan Sanabria's class. 
             It still looks pretty good, or, not bad. I recently made the 
             teacups to go with another celadon teapot (#14). 
             They're too thick I think.
             White rose.watercolor.8.14.13

Thursday, August 15, 2013

             Teapot #20 with matching teacups. Seaworld on earthenware. 
             The top of the spout needs to be still higher to prevent 
             water/tea from spilling out when it is full inside (Karen's insight). 
             The teacups don't exactly match and one is way too thick 
             on the bottom. But besides all that, the top is glazed shut! 
             Nonna Hall, our pottery teacher, was very helpful about 
             how to avoid that: be careful of applying glaze to thick 
             near the waxed edges, but if it is too thick, feather (smooth 
             and thin) edges. Not to be totally negative, I do like the shape.


Monday, August 12, 2013

             Yellow rose.watercolor.8.8.13

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

             Yellow rose.watercolor.8.7.13

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

             Teapot #19. Cobalt brush over antique white (I meant to do 
              glossy white) on speckled earthenware. Karen offered 
              to test the teapots for functionality, since I don't drink tea myself. 
              I'm going to take her up on that.

             I returned to Greenwich House yesterday to glaze the 
             4 pieces I made there. We'll see how they turn out. 
             The people at GH are really nice and helpful.

Monday, July 29, 2013

             2 roses.watercolor.7.28.13

Saturday, July 20, 2013

             Teapot #18. Floating blue on earthenware.

             Last weekend I attended a great workshop at Greenwich 
             House Pottery in NYC, presented by Deb Schwartzkopf. 
             ( Called "Set the Table," Deb showed 
             us how to alter wheel-thrown plates and cylinders into imaginative 
             configurations. In a slide show, she showed the animal and plant 
             shapes and colors that inspire her. She discussed how to think 
             about making sets — not necessarily perfectly matched sets 
             but pieces that relate to one another in creative ways, in shape 
             and glaze application. Deb said, "There are no rules, just the ones
             you make up in your head." I loved that.

             Teapot #17. Floating blue glaze on earthenware.

Friday, July 19, 2013

             Pale rose.watercolor.7.18.13

Thursday, July 11, 2013

             White rose.watercolor.7.11.13

Saturday, July 6, 2013

More roses

             Yellow roses.watercolor.7.4.13


             Teapot #16. A disaster: lid is stuck, glaze (an experiment: 
             all-over brushed-on cobalt wash over glossy white stoneware) 
             is terribly messy. Shape isn't bad but my lid knobs need 
             to be taller. It's hard to grip — something Peter Davis pointed    
             out. That's my hand-built dollhouse teapot in the background. 


             This is a birdbath I made several months ago. It could 
             use fancier wire hangers (and a level) but, in general, 
             I'm pleased with it. Now I'm just waiting for customers (birds). 
             Floating blue on earthenware.

More teapots

             Teapot #14 (top), celadon glaze on white stoneware. I like it.
             Teapot #15 (below: two views), all-over black glaze, double dip 
             glossy white inside and lid. Ditto.