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1  Day of the Dead Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: February 14, 2010 05:55:53 PM

Here is a new calavera plate, a redhead! This is a slump-molded plate, carved, underglazed then glazed and electric fired.

This is a slump-molded bowl, also red clay, carved, underglazed, glazed and electric fired.

I am lucky that the studio where I rent studio space has about thirty different glazes and about fifteen or twenty high-fire underglazes for everyone to use. The redheaded skullie plate has about six different glazes on it. The bowl is simpler, with about four glazes.

Comments and suggestions are welcome! TIA!
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2  Day of the Dead Style Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: February 05, 2010 07:20:59 PM

Here's some of my new carved work from the electric kiln. Any comments or critiques are welcome! TIA!

This is a bowl, probably 10 inches in diameter (?), carved and glazed. The white glaze went a bit transparent in spots over red clay, so I'm going to try painting with a white underglaze before using a white glaze on top.

This is a plate, about the size of a small dinner plate, also carved and glazed. I was experimenting with layering glazes on the skull. Not sure how I like the effect. This one is kinda creepy in person!

This last bowl is not Day of the Dead, but a bowhead whale.

I used a cone six transparent glaze that went a bit milky.

I'm still experimenting with glazes, especially commercial glazes, so if you have any glaze suggestions, I'd be thrilled to hear them! I'd be happy to provide you with the names of the glazes (they're all commercial glazes) if anyone's interested!
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3  Old-school Rose Carving in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: January 26, 2010 09:08:09 PM
I've been working on making retablo-type clay carvings from traditional images that you often see used in tattoos. This was my first attempt at a rose:

It's kinda wonky; Roses are hard!  Undecided It was actually the second time I've ever drawn a rose (the first time was when I sketched the image from a website of old-school tats). It's red clay, carved (not very deep), underglazed, then glazed and high fired in an electric kiln. I'd guess it's about 5x7 inches--?

Comments? Suggestions?  Smiley
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4  Day of the Dead Plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: January 24, 2010 09:03:22 AM
A recent plate from the kiln:

She's made red clay, carved, with an iron oxide wash, underglaze (on the flowers) and glaze.There was some bubbling in the underglaze, sadly. Sometimes the kiln gods just like to mess with me! Smiley

There's quite a strong light pointed at the plate, hence the glare, but the pale greenish glaze on the skellie really glows a bit in person. Looks kinda radioactive, no?

Here's a comparison of the plate as greenware:

Comments? Critiques?  Smiley
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5  Conger Eel Platter in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: January 21, 2010 11:26:17 AM
Just out of the kiln, my new carved platter.

The eel design was inspired by an old woodblock print. I carved it into red cone 6 clay and glazed the plate with a transparent gray glaze. It's electric fired.

Comments? Critique?

To be honest, I don't quite like this piece. I think the clay is too dark. Or maybe it's the glaze that's too dark. Maybe they're both too dark! (My BFF does like it, though, so I'm going to give it to him.)
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6  Carved Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Tularosa on: January 02, 2010 12:24:26 AM
Some of the things I made for Christmas--


Calavera ornaments! I used these as gift tags as I carved each person's name into the back. (These are bisque fired, painted with acrylic paints, and sealed.)

The actual gifts:

Heart bowls (one each of this type) for friends and family.

A bronchii bowl for my mother. (She's a respiratory therapist.) She also got a heart bowl.

Snake plates for my brother.

These are all made of cone 6 red clay, carved (by me!), enhanced with iron oxide, and high fired.
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7  Re: Altered/Altar'd Book Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tularosa on: August 21, 2009 01:58:31 PM
I really like this. Just wondering....how did you make the roses - was it just a couple of strips of paper wrapped around each other? Anyway its really good!

Thanks, Angelicus! The roses are actually dead simple, made from a single long bit of paper: Just take a piece of paper and draw a spiral (doesn't have to be neat or even or anything. Then just cut along the spiral you just drew. Roll up your paper starting at the outside and rolling into the center of the spiral. You'll end up with the rose shape. I set my roses down in a puddle of glue on another piece of paper (then I cut them out when they dried).

I painted the paper with red acrylic paint before I cut out the spiral and I glued the leaves on separately, of course.

I hope those directions aren't too confusing!

EDITED to add: OH! I found this cool tutorial from a Totally Tutorials link that is exactly what I was trying to say:  http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html
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8  Altered/Altar'd Book Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tularosa on: August 18, 2009 04:31:15 PM
This is my first attempt at an altered book--literally an altar'd book--a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe and her reading habits.

The book is--was--a hardback novel from the '40s. All the components (the Virgin, the roses) are made from the pages I cut out of the book. I only added some gold paper, glitter, acrylic paint, and a LOT of glue.

Here are a couple of close ups:

I don't think she's reading THE good book, just a good book. Maybe some chick lit?  Cheesy
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9  Resin Cast Mixed Media Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tularosa on: August 18, 2009 04:00:54 PM
I've done lots of lurking on Craftster, but I've never posted any of my projects until now!

These are a couple of mixed media pieces I made over the weekend using resin and polymer clay. (It was my first time using resin--and my first time using polymer clay!)

This is simply dried leaves and watch gears.

This is acrylic paint, photographs, and bones.

It's hard to see the inclusions in this small piece, but there are bones, watch parts, and miniature glass beads.

They're all pendants, though they're not strung up yet.

I found out that resin is STINKY  Shocked Haha!

Comments are greatly appreciated!

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