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1  Re: Show Off Your Christmas Tree 2017 in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 10, 2017 10:04:54 AM
ooh, I have permission to double post!

love everybody's pretty trees, and adore that red bird tree topper, ysmeine!
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2  Is it time to show off our trees yet? in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 04, 2017 08:03:23 PM
I hosted a party on Dec. 3, so had everything decorated early this year.
My theme is "Traditional/Rustic With Woodland Animals And Some African Animals, Too, Because They're So Darn Cute"

here's my tree:

and my traditional but ever-changing coffee table and windowsill mini trees.  This year I used mostly green with a few bleached and brown trees, and accents of red--a total of 88 trees:

AND THEN I GAVE AWAY ALL THE OTHER TREES!  Probably about 1/3 of my total, in pink and orange and blue and white and glitter.   I'm getting ready to move, and plan to keep only 3 trees all together:  The glass one in the center of the coffee table display (my favorite aunt gave it to me 30 years ago), a clever tree made of two cutout pieces of thin hardboard that slide together for a 3-D tree, and a tree-shaped candy tin.
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3  Pottery animal ornaments in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: November 25, 2017 01:38:17 PM
This year's gift ornament was actually supposed to be last year's, but the kilnmaster didn't cooperate.  But they're ready now!

cookie cutters and crystal glazes (one color speckled with other colors) made for cute but easy production.

and I got to use up a bunch of rattail satin cord, too!
moving is a challenge.
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4  wild stallions plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: November 10, 2017 06:38:59 PM
Great kiln opening today.
This is a gift for my friend Patrice

I wish I'd done at least one more coat of underglaze on each horse, or at least on the purple one.  Hope I remember that for next time.
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5  Flamingo plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: November 10, 2017 06:36:45 PM
hot out of the kiln...

I love the bright contrasts on this one.  I made it for a gift, but am thinking about keeping it.  At least, I'll keep it for a while.
 underglaze on low-fire clay.  Abut 12" tall.
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6  Face Jug in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: August 30, 2017 10:53:57 PM
Yet another pot from Lee!
This one is special for sculpting instead of my usual painting.  He's about 7" high, not including handle.

He was inspired by a picture I found in a ceramics magazine from the 1970s.
I'm keeping this one!
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7  Safari Bowl in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: August 27, 2017 03:48:44 PM
Safari Bowl

This is a birthday gift for a friend; she not only loves animal prints, she's on the board of the zoo.

my favorite side of the 10" diameter bowl, the leopard lazing on a liana

a portrait of the beloved white tiger Namaste from our zoo.  

giraffe!  my friend has a 6' tall giraffe statue with false eyelashes, so I made sure this one had fluttery lashes.

zebra, plus back end of giraffe.

sometimes I think I make most of my progress through mistakes and disasters.  This was supposed to be a platter, with the same animals.  But the platter broke just before firing, so I substituted a bowl that was already bisqued.

Then, after painting all the animals, I put black glaze on the inside, and spilled it over the edge in a few places.  Had to clean it off and repaint several spots.

Finally, there wasn't time before the birthday for two firings (I take a class, don't have control over firing schedule), so I put the clear glaze over the unfired underglaze, and it smeared in places, especially on the face of the tiger.  GRRRRRR!

But I'm sure my friend will love it!
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8  Dragon Platter in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: August 04, 2017 02:15:56 AM
This is a birthday gift for my year-of-the-dragon friend.  It's about 14" long.

I used a deep plastic platter with rippled edge as a drape mold for a slab.  Low fire clay and glazes.
The decoration is underglaze, with a clear shiny glaze over.  The white spots are reflections; I took the picture at night, under a chandelier...

This was really fun, I've been doing a lot of watery blues, it's nice to get some hot colors going!

Birthday is more than a month away, I don't know if I can keep from showing this to her!

Also, I finally finished the Crane Pot https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452108.0
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9  Re: crane pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: August 03, 2017 10:46:25 PM
In progress pix

I moved the original post to reply #3 so I could show off the pretty new pictures!

the underglaze is pretty much finished.  Some of the pen is still showing; those black outlines will be gone after firing.  

I loved doing the bird feathers, the flowers were OK, but the leaves were a real pain!  

Note:  underglaze is chalky, the final glaze will make the pieces gleam and the colors a little brighter.

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10  Re: crane pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: April 28, 2017 08:07:45 PM
This was my original post, just moved it out of the way for the prettier pictures!

I'm working on a piece I'm excited about, so I'm gonna force you to look at in progress pix!

it's a special request from a friend.  She asked for birds, rainbows, and plants, so I sent her this as an idea:

She liked the picture, but suggested doves for "the other side" and asked for more flowers.  

So I underglazed the whole pot in sky blue, and bisqued it.
I sketched the designs in pencil, then went over the final design in sharpie marker.  I got that idea when someone in my class used sharpie to label her glaze samples and the sharpie all burned off.  It will show through the layers of underglaze as I add colors.  Pencil wipes off with a damp towel, and gets blurred when painting.

I need to add more plants around the base, to ground the design, then I'm ready to start painting!

If you have a suggestion, speak up quick!
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