Looking for Ceramics

I was able to take home a couple pieces before I left on my road trip. The kiln was kind. The first orb is decorated in a paisley pattern (because I like paisley) and I was trying out a new toy that cuts out little paisley shapes. Anyway it was fun to make and I was able to finish it within a single class. Because it was the end of the session, many of the glazes were down to the last bits. I figured that was okay since I only needed a dab. Well, I should have know better after all these years. I got suckered again. Seems the last person to use the glazes decided to stretch them by adding a little water. That resulted in the glazes being weak and pale and well, not very vibrant. So although I applied the glaze in what I thought was a thicker coat, they turned out to be a pale imitation of the true glaze colors. Still it is a nice little orb made of white stoneware.
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The second orb was an experiment using a new hand extruder. I used the die that made a star. Initially I was going to cover the whole orb with stars but I ran out of time.The stars were glazed with Yellow Salt, which being thinned resulted in an orange color. Not the creamy yellow I had hoped for but still an acceptable color. The swirls and streamers from the stars were glazed with Grape. This too had been diluted resulting in a splotchy blue/purple color. Not horrible but just not what I had hoped for. The majority of the orb is unglazed so it has a raw clay look and feel.
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37 thoughts on “Looking for Ceramics

    1. Thanks! I was a little disappointed in the one with the stars but I may try again if the studio ever opens again. My paisley orb might just get some “enhancements” with room temperature glazes to brighten it up since some of the glazes were diluted and the color washed out during the firing!

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    1. The real like versions vary from 10 to 100 microns across (for the coccoliths). My versions are mostly in the 3″ range or for better reference, the size of a juice orange… I used to do them the size of soccer balls but soon ran out of room in the house…

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    1. As is usually the case I’m my own worst critic.. I make them and have this picture in my head and when they come out and don’t match the vision I had I tend to be let down. But there is so much that is dependent on the kiln and the kiln tech’s skill that I really should be happier with my end results. I blame it on being a little of a perfectionist!

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    1. Thanks Brizzy! They are fun to look at but many of them are delightful to hold. It has been suggested that I have a “touching” exhibition where people can hold them especially the visually impaired.

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        1. Thanks! I really am having a sparkly day as I’m cleaning out the craft closet and trying to wipe up some spilled glitter. I remember why I was hesitant to buy it in the first place!!

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  1. Both are beautiful. Had you not told me the glazes were watered down and weaker than what you wanted, I would have assumed you just liked muted colors, as I do. To me, these are earthy and very appealing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Joan! I am so pleased that you like these. The high fire kiln is much friendlier to earth tones and blue/greens. It is almost impossible to get any pinks and a lot of the reds tend toward a rusty red instead of a scarlet… Purple is kind of difficult too which is part of my disappointment as the Grape is really a great purple color when it hasn’t been diluted!!

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    1. Thank-you Bonnie! I guess the consensus is to leave it as is. I will be considering my next creations… The ceramic studio is closed so I don’t even know if my “coronavirus” orb has made it through the bisque firing. If so I really wanted to glaze it with a white crackle with red accents….But I’ll have to wait to finish it. Hopefully before Christmas!

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  2. you must have patience to make such tiny creations πŸ™‚
    I like the pale colour and the stars … maybe you were meant to have watered down glazes πŸ™‚

    You and Sparky take care, your govt obviously doesn’t give a toss!

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    1. Thanks Kate. Our local government is on top of things but there is nothing at the national level except ignorance (except for Dr. Fauci). Serendipity with the glazes for sure. I suppose the orbs are lovely but since they don’t match the image in my head I’m disappointed. I have to work on that…

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  3. I really like the paisley orb. It you hadn’t told us that it didn’t turn out quite as you expected, I would have thought that the colors turned out wonderfully.

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    1. Thanks Sheryl! I’m pretty hard on my self when it comes to critiquing my art… It is good to know that others enjoy it. I had a piece that came out of the kiln and the glaze had crawled – I was ready to pitch it in the trash but the instructor talked me out of it. She insisted I enter it in a student/faculty show. I won an honorable mention. Just shows I’m not a very good judge of my own work…

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    1. Thanks Michel! I don’t think there will be any more for awhile since the ceramic studio is closed for the next couple of weeks… I like the first one better too.

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