I actually got these piece back in 2011- two days before Christmas, but am just getting around to posting! As usual, I got some pieces back that I really loved (some of which became last minute gifts to co-workers) and some total junkers. To be expected I suppose, with all the glaze testing & mixing/overlapping of glazes that I was doing... and I love to experiment! Here they are, the good, the bad & the ugly!
I took good (albeit messy) glaze notes, so I should be able to replicate the ones that I liked should I take another clay class @ SF Clay in the future.
Here are some of my favorites from the final batch~
... and some close ups below.
It was fun playing w/ different styles, clays, & glazes. On some I went for smoothness & perfection, like the ones above... while in others I went for a rougher, more raw & funky look~ like the ones below.
I do like the funkiness of the handle on this one. I gave it to one of my O.T. friends, who commented on the ergonomic feel of the handle.
Experimenting w/ stamping & oxide stains above.
This bowl was a total experiment using several different glazes... I love how it turned out!
It makes me think of a waterfall leading into a high alpine lake.
Glazing in earth & sky.
Even this one has an earthy feel to me. Reminds me of dark, wet granite covered in lichen.
On the inside I sponged on a different glaze~ I totally dig they way the two glazes blended & dripped down.
These two I'm keeping! I borrowed this glaze combo from one of the potters in the studio & I absolutely love it.
Oh, and of course the bears~
Meh~ I think the glaze turned out o.k, but not one of my favorites pieces.
And the rough bear from many posts ago. The general shape & style of this one I like, but the glaze I think turned out so- so.
So that brings us up to date! My class ended several weeks ago... and I have been working like crazy ever since! (though I did squeeze in one Micaceous pot that I made in my "kitchen studio" but it is still in the very rough stage- so I'll save that for another post.)
Wishing you all the best in 2012!!
As for myself, I don't often make "resolutions" per se, but I would like to sit down & write out some goals for 2012.... and you can be sure they are going to include figuring out how to work less & do clay more! If you have any brilliant ideas on the subject, please share! Now, I'm off the computer to pack up- I'm headed west this morning! I'm off to see my family & dear friends, as I was unable to get out there during the Holidays...
Here's hoping your New Year is off to a wonderful start!