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« on: October 13, 2011 10:25:37 AM »

So, I just finished a Hand-building with Found Objects course. I made four things, three of which I'm quite proud of. I really feel like the glaze took over and made me look good, but nonetheless here they are in all their glory.




This is the first piece we completed. It's a bowl the perfect size for salsa or dip. The bowl texture is actually accidentally from going overboard on the scratch portion of "scratch and slip". The triangular texture on the rim is from a plastic sheet for kids to use with clay (but if it says 'just for kids' I never let that stop me). The glaze was called Woo Blue and I was ecstatic with the results.




This was the second project we completed. It may have a fancier name, but to me it was just another bowl, appropriate for candy or maybe paperclips and staples. Most of the surface texture was done with two rocks. Then the rim was done with cowry shells. The glaze was called Stoney Orange.




This last one is a box. It's barely useful, but I'm thinking of putting potpourri in it and giving it as a gift to my mom. I used lace for the texture, even though you cannot tell because it showed up so lightly. Though I still liked the result. Then I stippled a bunch of little dots everywhere for a little detail. It was a lime glaze, but on the 50/50 mix it ended up being several beautiful shades of blue.

Well. Thanks for looking Grin Commentquestioncrit ique.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011 10:47:11 AM »

They all look wonderful! I love the color of the box. Glaze always surprises you on how it will turn out Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011 02:37:08 PM »

Pottery and I are friends, as long as I don't attempt to make it....it's not a strength of mine.  YOU, on the other hand, have some talent!
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2011 03:12:44 PM »

I LOVE the glaze on the box!!!! What do you mean "a lime glaze"? You mean, a green glaze or it had limestone or something in it? It doesn't look green to me at all but a stoney turquoise, sort of and then cobalt.

Either way, it's exquisite and the box itself is very unusual and cool!
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011 08:59:25 PM »

i love the rounded shape of the box. gorgeous colour too!
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011 09:54:56 AM »

Thanks for all the kind remarks. The instructor was very thorough and the class was very hands on, so I suppose I had skills enough to pay attention. I really believe in the power of a good teacher.

I LOVE the glaze on the box!!!! What do you mean "a lime glaze"? You mean, a green glaze or it had limestone or something in it? It doesn't look green to me at all but a stoney turquoise, sort of and then cobalt.

Either way, it's exquisite and the box itself is very unusual and cool!
If I remember correctly, the glaze was just called "Lime". The ceramics department mixed their own glazes, so half of them they named themselves too. Apparently, the glaze shows up greener and more lime-like on a different clay. I knew that going into it and I was up for expecting the unexpected and I was pleasantly surprised with the bluer result.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2011 05:19:29 PM »

What colour was the clay body?
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2011 06:39:21 PM »

The clay I was working with was a 50/50 blend and when fired was an off white-tan. Except all the glazes were tested on a reddish-brown clay. There were some glazes I wanted to try, but my instructor advised me otherwise because she knew how different the results would be on my clay.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2011 07:19:38 PM »

I love all three peices, is it just me or does the second one have a Harry Potter feel?
Very interesting surface finishes, very inspiring!
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011 05:34:18 AM »

Wow those came out AWESOME! good job!
I LOVE them all, but I bet the last one isnt has useless as you think it is! Depending on what kind of glaze and firing it went through, you could easily use it as a pretty vase for a short set of flowers. That narrow opening would keep them all bunched together, but the wide base would let them fall into sort of a dome effect because the stems could spread out!

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2011 09:23:20 AM »

I really love the second one!  They are all gorgeous though.  Sounds like a fun class.
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2011 06:16:46 PM »

I love all three peices, is it just me or does the second one have a Harry Potter feel?
Very interesting surface finishes, very inspiring!
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Ahhh, a Harry Potter feel?! I kept thinking it looked like something out of the Stone Age, but I like the idea of it being Harry Potter-esque. Now I know what to fill with my Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2011 06:37:19 AM »

Nice work! I think the box is my favourite it has a really sturdy look to it and a lovely shape. Great colours shame the lace didnt show up a bit more!
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