Looking Orbicular

I haven’t posted any ceramic photos lately. It isn’t because I haven’t made anything. Mostly it is because I’m lazy and had neglected to photograph any of them. This is a coccolith of unknown origin. I used a white stoneware clay. The glaze is Phil’s Celadon in the centers and a Red Iron Oxide stain on the outside. I applied it thickly to get the metallic sheen.

I have 4 more that I haven’t photographed.  That is one of the “to do” items on my weekend chore list. We are coming up on the end of the month and there are so many things that need to be done in preparation for Easter. I’m not sure if we are having a big Easter dinner for the whole clan or if it will be just the nuclear family. Sparky was asking me if I knew where I wanted to go on vacation. The short answer was no. I would like to visit Alaska or Hawaii but that takes a little planning and I just don’t have the energy to do that until after GeoWoodstock in May.

13 thoughts on “Looking Orbicular

    1. Hehe! I suppose I heard you or maybe great minds think alike… The new session started this week and I have only posted 2 photos of orbs from the last session. I have lots of catch up to do!


  1. I like the one on the left. I’m having difficulty determining the size though. I’ve never been on a vacation with Wil. We used to take turns visiting family back home. Someone left behind took care of pets.


    1. This is a single orb with the photos taken from different angles. This one is about the size of an orange. Of course the coccolith it is modeled after is only 70 microns across which is the equivalent of 7 red blood cells lined up. We always managed to either board them at “the doggie spa” or have neighbors or extended family take care of them… It never stopped us from vacationing!


        1. Nope – the photo is pretty close to the true color. I think the orb was not placed in the kiln to get good reduction. The amount of oxygen in the kiln affects the color change during the chemical reactions.


          1. So the success of your glaze is at the whim or the kiln gods, but also of the skill of the technician loading the kiln. How difficult, when you know how you want it to come out!


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