Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lollipop tea set

I made this set a while back and I have recently started using it all the time. I'm planning to make a couple more tea pots in my home studio. Teapots are the perfect project to make at home because I can really take my time with them, instead of trying to rush through them in class.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Adding flavour to life

I made these salt and pepper shakers a while ago now but I've held on to them because I love them. They're like two little characters sitting on the table - I feel like I should name them. I'm open to suggestions....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lucky Bamboo

I'm feeling lucky these days. Friends are coming in to town for Christmas and life is good. Two weeks off work doesn't hurt either. I'm not completely sold on the colour of my lucky bamboo vase, but I like the idea of it. I'm going to try making one that holds 5 and another that holds 7.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My first sale!

I took part in my first mini-craft sale over the weekend at Culina Highlands and made my very first sale ever... to my lovely Mother-In-Law! She bought my Tulip bowl. Yay!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The slab bottle family

This is a family of five (Priscilla wanted to display two of them so there are only three in this photo) slab built bottles. I wanted to play a bit with my underglaze collection as well as add texture. I stained the bisqued pieces and used a clear glaze on them. The tallest bottle is about 14" and the shortest one is about 6".

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Split-rimmed bowls

Priscilla learned this trick during the classes she attended in the summer. About half way through throwing the bowl you split the rim (like you would if you were creating a gallery for a lid), then finish throwing the bowl and defining the split. It's a nice detail that creates something special from a simple bowl.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fun times with wax resist

This session of classes was all about trying new techniques. I can't believe it myself but after all the many classes I have taken this is the first time I've ever really played with wax resist. It will not be the last. I double-dipped the glaze on all of them hoping that it would bubble up a bit - using a coloured glaze below white.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bert and Ernie

Peter named these little canisters so now I'll never refer to them as anything other than Bert and Ernie. They were wheel thrown and altered, then I carved the pattern. They are glazed in my favourite glaze - faux celedon.