Looking at Ceramic Orbs

The summer ceramics class ended a long time ago and we are just about to start the Fall session. There were supposed to be 2 five week long summer semesters but at the last minute they decided to reinstitute the ceramic summer camps for kids. That meant I was able to get in only one session. The instructor was out for 2 weeks but we were able to come in anyway. It was really a bonus – paid for 5 weeks and got 7 weeks of studio time! Still my production was somewhat limited. I just now got all my pieces back (the kiln tech was on a summer sabbatical). Yes, I am still in my orb phase. But I’m slowly shifting from coccoliths to viruses since the pandemic caused me to do a lot of research on viruses…

This first one is a white stoneware clay body with a 50/50 mix of porcelain and white stoneware used for the decorative embellishments. It is glazed in Super T on the little “florets” and Grape on the dividing ribbons. The background is Megan’s Blue. It represents Navilithus BC, a coccolith from the Indian Ocean found Southwest of Java.
 


The second one is white stoneware glazed in the new formulation of Oribe. This represents the Human Echovirus.

41 thoughts on “Looking at Ceramic Orbs

    1. Thanks Carrie! the pandemic has slowed things down but it looks like things are looking up (at least in the ceramics studio). I had to go in and do the annual shelf clean off and it was the first time since the last session. I had 3 pieces I put out for bisque firing and have one sitting on my shelf waiting to be glazed. I even had one piece that is back from the glaze firing. I’ll be posting pictures soon…

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    2. Thanks Carrie! the pandemic has slowed things down but it looks like things are looking up (at least in the ceramics studio). I had to go in and do the annual shelf clean off and it was the first time since the last session. I had 3 pieces I put out for bisque firing and have one sitting on my shelf waiting to be glazed. I even had one piece that is back from the glaze firing. I’ll be posting pictures soon…

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    1. Thanks David! I usually have a very narrow audience as many of the pieces (being viruses, pollens, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) don’t appeal to most. My coccoliths seem to be a favorite – but even so they are not so popular. That’s okay with me since I make my art to please myself (kind of the way I write my blog)! Glad you enjoy the photos…

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! However most people can’t wrap their heads around the difference between a nanometers and a micrometers where a micrometer is 1000 times bigger than a nanometer. Of course a red blood cell is about 7 micrometers.
      The coccolith is about 60 micrometers across and the virus is about 30 nanometers. Both of my creations in clay are about 3 inches across (7.62 cm). I hope this helps….

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        1. One persons may see it as crazy and another as whimsy… I am happy so the opinions about me don’t matter – that is their problem! Anyway I suppose in many things I’m on the straight and narrow but when it comes to ceramics I do think outside the box! (No bowls or vases for me!)

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            1. Okay. What if I make a dragon? Is that less spherical? More magical? Even less practical? I’m making one and I’m naming it Kate! I’ll post as soon as it comes out of the kiln!

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  1. Well, I came here to apologize. It appears I accidentally deleted your comment from my recent post. I can usually go to Comments on my dashboard and reinstate, but I can’t find it anywhere. Stupid fat fingers and WordPress!

    That being said, I really like your human echovirus. That is definitely a unique piece!

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  2. Well, I have to admit you’ve brought me over to the dark side. Your orbs used to give me the creeps but your virus is actually interesting. It must take hours to create such a detailed piece.

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    1. Aw Judy! Thanks so very much! Your compliment means a lot! Yes they take a lot of time – usually about 3 hours to but together and then the glazing time… but to some it would be soul crushing tedium but to me it is relaxing. I’m just so happy that this little virus caught your attention!

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