Friday, May 26, 2017

Playful Catchall Trays

 Not content to just use a simple glaze when I make a tray,
I have resorted to using lots of different things
to create an interesting finish...

For instance, I'll sometimes use more than one clay body
or actually smear one clay body on the other like I did above
to create the sensation of clouds.

Then there's the back of the tray; isn't it fun to turn one over
and find a surprise like these infinities bordering the edge?

This smaller tray is made from clay which had been printed
with an underglaze decal, but only on part of it.
The hand drawn leaves and dots were used to form a connection
between the two patterns...

And the reverse side of this 3" x 4" tray 
also has the surprize border of hand drawn leaves.

One of my favorite trays decorated totally with Designer Liners and
underglazes both front and back before being clear glazed.

A 4" x 4" ScrapBach tray with squares of a contrast clay body
and Designer Liner accents both front and back...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pinch Pot Garden Giraffe Bell

The latest in my series of whimsical Garden Bells made from
the basic pinch pot...

Imagine Gerry the Giraffe's legs clanging in your own
woodland garden or better yet, plan to attend my pinch pot
workshop this June at the Pennsylvania Guild Store 
in downtown Lancaster, PA.

And make your very own garden bell...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Purple Pendants Collection

These are what happens with clay leftover scraps...

Which are compressed together and cut into shapes...

Then accented with Mayco Designer Liners...

In this case, the scraps were Standard's 710 and
cone 5/6 porcelain paper clay...

Every two pictures shows the front and back
of the same pendant components - 

Photos 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10
show how they look on each side of the same piece

When these are used to make a necklace
in reality you end up with two different necklaces...

If used for earrings, you look good
both coming and going!

Often the clay colored shapes determined
the Designer Liner accents; for instance,
did you spot the starry night cat & fish on the one pendant?

 Made a lot more of these than I thought; 
some are at Blue Santa and others will go to
The Pennsylvania Guild Store in Lancaster.

Then I'll also make some into necklaces
and earrings to sell...

I love the clay scraps and Designer Liner
patterning mingled!