This piece was great fun to make. I hand tossed a large slab, straight out of the pug mill (so it had tons of texture). Then I formed it in to a cylindrical shape to mimic a log in the forest. Woodfired.
Porcelain Garlic KeeperThis is a garlic keeper I made for my husband. Hand sculpted and woodfired. Woodfired Basket
More baskets! I’m enjoying making each of these. Every one is different. This set of three baskets is quite large and together are a strong presence. All woodfired.
Another large piece. This was crafted using slab strips of various hues of clay (black, dk. brown, and white) and makes a bold statement all alone. I’m exploring going even larger with this form. Woodfired.
Detail of the above vessel.
Last year we went to some of the Nation’s most beautiful National Parks and Monuments…I was inspired! Please enjoy my interpretation of Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Canyon deChelly. There’s even little “cliff dwellings” in the Canyon deChelly vase! All woodfired.
I have just begun a series of baskets and vases with textured surfaces. One that I am enjoying is using custom made stamps (from Nature’s bounty) to make an impression (wheat, in this case) on the surface. This one came out exceptionally nice. Woodfired.
Here’s a close up of the wheat impression on the above vase.
I made this set of cannisters for my friend’s newly remodled kitchen. They look great on the warm toned granite countertop! All woodfired.
I had fun making these rattles, and learned a lot. The big one on the left is about 4″ dia., modeled after a pod. Fired to cone 10. Iron oxide stain. It sounds really good. The acorn was also Cone 10, iron oxide and rutile stains. It doesn’t sound too great. I think the size of the pellets inside were too big for such a small void. The pillow was woodfired porcelain, and sounds surprisingly “tinkly”. Very nice. And the bunny…he’s so sweet, but again, doesn’t sound great (pellet size again). I want to explore rattle making further and figure it out (ratio of pellet size vs. void).
A friend and I got carried away with pinchpots last year. We both started with the technique of wrapping yarn around a ball of clay, then bulging out the pinched wells in between the yarn. This was one large ball of clay, no add ons. Although my friend and I began with the same inspiration, our work went in two completely different directions. It was fun though! In this photo, I put two tealights inside the pot, to accentuate the wells.
I plan to put this piece in the Showcase Gallery. I’ve used it at home as a tray to hold salad condiments (i.e. nuts, onions, feta, etc.) when we have several guests who only want certain things on their salad. While that was a functional use of this piece, I much more enjoy it on my mantle illuminated with tealights! Me and candles…
This is a rather large sconce. Suitable for flowers or again…a candle! When used in this manner, it casts the lovliest uplight against the wall. Love it!
These are fun! Sugar cannister and salt & pepper shakers with the letters in Braille. I don’t know anyone who reads Braille, but I really do like the look of it here.
Another large wall sconce.
My big crazy teapot… I love the mossy ash colors on this pot. It’s very light too.
Love this outdoors on a summer night. You guessed it…I put a candle under it and the little light shines out the small voids and the top. Sweet! This piece is 17″ tall.
Another vase, spectacular when illuminated.