Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More new pots

These pots were created using stencils and underglaze - another new technique that I learned from Cathy Terepocki. I love the nostalgic look of these - they make me think of the little doilies that my Grandma has around her house.

Monday, April 25, 2011


This (extra) long weekend allowed me the luxury of firing the kiln twice - a bisque fire on Friday and a glaze fire on Sunday. I fired the first group of pots that I was inspired to make after taking the image transfer workshop, and with successful end products I am able to see with more clarity my new direction in pottery.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sneak peek - monoprints

This is my first crack at image transfer. These drawings were transfered using Cathy Terepocki's monoprint transfer technique - a technique that is surprisingly easy to do. I haven't fired the pots yet - they will be bisque fired next weekend - but already I love the results!! The drawings are from my sketchbook project for the Art House Co-op.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Whiskey Jugs

I finally finished those whiskey jugs for my brothers. I had such a hard time deciding on what glaze to use because whiskey jugs are not really my style. I settled on a glaze called Texture Cascade, and I think I made the right choice.

The lyrics on the jugs are my favourite thing about them - hopefully Corb doesn't send me a lawsuit!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Identity crisis

I built this teapot to be a teapot. It has a teapot spout, a handle and a lid. It holds tea, like any other teapot would. The thing that it does not do however, is pour. You see, I thought I was being clever when I built it. I thought I would make a tea strainer - by making a bunch of tiny holes to pour through so that loose leaf tea would be caught. I knew it was a risky move - I knew there was a chance that the glaze would run and fill those tiny holes. I tried to compensate - I wiped away most of the glaze from around the holes. All that work, all that planning. All for nothing. Because, it happened. When the teapot was firing that the glaze did in fact run and it did in fact fill the tiny holes. So now my teapot is no longer a teapot. Now my teapot is a vase. And now I have to make another teapot - for my Grandma's birthday present. Now only a few weeks away....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dinner set

I made a dinner set in class - big plate / little plate, big bowl / little bowl, cup and mug. I was experimenting with carving - I used designs from the book Ornamental Forms from Nature as the basis for my drawings. I was surprised at how quickly I could carve these pieces - each carving took under 20 minutes to do. I really like how the carvings turned out but I think I need to rethink the coloured stripes and the glaze...

Monday, April 4, 2011

A colourful kiln

Since the image transfer workshop last week I've been working like crazy on new pottery because I feel super inspired. But it was also time to finish off some pieces that have been waiting for a while, and that gave me an opportunity to try out some groovy new glazes.