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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday is Clay Day- Part 2: Who is that Masked Woman?!?

Ha Ha~ it's me, of course! I had much scraping & sanding to do on my first Micaceous Pot, to get it as smooth & uniform as possible... and one DOES NOT want to breathe in dust for hours! I didn't win any fashion shows today, but I did get a few ideas for a bank robbing stint.... kidding!!! 

Remember all the work I had left to do? It took another 5 hours today to scrape, sand, apply slip & stone burnish (rubbing smooth stones over the surface~ one section at a time on this BIG POT!) Work, yes, but not like work work if you know what I mean. When I'm working on it, it just feels like something I do... if that makes any sense. Anyhow, here's how it looks now!

Now, just say the potter's prayer that it makes it through the bisque firing and the pit firing!! I am hopeful, but I also try not to get too attached to the work, knowing anything can happen. Good reason to document with photos...  if it cracks or blows up, I can say, "No...really, I did make this super cool pot once..."

In other clay news... I did sneak in a little wheel time last week, too. I thought I'd make a couple of the coffee bean mugs like I had made up in Oregon, since I had given all those away. I like them, but they are kinda a pain to make, having to slip & score every bean, and then stain them a dark brown color, (French Roast!) which must be painted on. They still need to make it through 2 firings too, so keep your fingers crossed!
Have I mentioned that I love clay days?!
Stay tuned next week for Clay day Part 3... I'm working my 2nd coiled Pot with a new twist!


Randy said...

I know they will come out of firing just fine. That pot is SO beautiful and those cups are cute.

clairz said...

I get the sense that you are right where you should be doing just what you should be doing. Beautiful pot!

Annie said...

Oh Becky, the pot is stunning and I love the mugs. I will say a prayer to the kiln Gods that they all make it :-). I hold my breath every week when I drop my stuff off to get fired. xoxo
P.S. I would know that masked woman anywhere :-).

Pat said...

That pot is looking sweet! I'll keep my fingers crossed that it makes it through the two firings!

I just love those bean mugs! I think you should sell them on Etsy!

Doris Sturm said...

Yes, clay day is beginnig to sound almost as fun as snow day LOL

Wind said...

Ha ha, hello Becky!
Wonderful art!
Keep up the great work!

Wanda..... said...

You look like a surgeon, Becky! :)

It is delicate work, I am so looking forward to seeing it finished. Good luck with the firings!

Robin said...

Becky...the pot is already stunning...even before the firing....fingers crossed...

The coffee bean mugs are wonderful!

Hugs from San Francisco,

♥ Robin ♥

Barb said...

You need a surgical scrub hat on clay days! Good Luck on the firings - I hope both pot and cups make it through. The glow on the pot is lovely.

Lisa said...

I love the mask and did smile.
and that is such beautiful work.. Im sure its not easy . You make it look so . You have a gift I wish I had.
Nice blog . Glad I stopped

Kate said...

After all that work, you GAVE the coffee bean mugs away?! Silly girl, but what a great friend! Your pot looks lovely, and I'll put a spell on the kiln-voodoos so they stay away from the masked potter!


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Al said...

I wish I had the talent to make something like that with my hands, but I don't. So I just take photographs :)

You asked me about getting wider photos in the blogger templates. Unfortunately, I didn't find an easy way to do this, and had to go into the template editor, changing the HTML directly. I'm a software engineer, so I'm comfortable doing this, but you need a level of technical knowledge to have much success. There were various margin and width parameters embedded within the HTML that I adjusted until I liked the look.

Rick said...

Catching up after my vacation - thanks for visiting today :)

I think your portrait should make it to the front cover of The Potter's Digest, although you might have to take the sunglasses off ;-)

Very nice 'work' too - I know what you mean when you do something you love - it's never work work, no matter how long it takes. Will look forward to hearing how the firings went - good luck !

Tammie Lee said...

your coffee bean mugs are fun, but that pot is gorgeous!