Posts Tagged ‘goblet’

Happy New Year! Hope 2011 is treating you all well so far. Pottery classes resumed at the college yesterday so I’m continuing with my latest obsession which is making things using pressed ivy leaves, which are handily still available despite there being snow on the ground around these parts.

I realized that leaves actually chart my pottery progress rather well. When I first started classes, I made a whole bunch of vases and a goblet decorated with free-hand leaves and vines.

Free-hand leaf decoration

Then last year I made a plaster mould featuring leaves based on a stone carving and produced the wall plaques featured in my header and raku page, culminating in this lantern which I’ve been meaning to post for ages (I was slightly disappointed with the colours, the green slip would have been better sponged on and I wish I’d put white slip on the background like I did with the one in my header, but hey ho, I’m a perfectionist!).

Lantern made from press moulded panels with bits cut out

And now I’m working on pieces using actual ivy leaves pressed into clay and then cut out. This mask is the first completed piece, testing out the random brown earthernware glazes I found in the back of the cupboard and was really pleased with. I also have a plate decorated with the same leaves ready to glaze and yesterday I made a ring-shaped wall hanging inpired by the Bitter Beck Pottery ones I featured in this post.

Mask made of pressed ivy leaves


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new_necklacesI’ve been busy making some wire-work and bead jewellery recently; shown here are the green & sliver bead set (necklace and bracelet) I’ve made for my Mum, a little heart and bead pendant, and a collar inspired by Native American jewellery which I made by pairing some wood-effect beads someone from my pottery class donated as she had no use for them, and some of my ‘harvest time’ crystal glazed beads. As promised, I’ve also got around toSmall goblet photographing my new smaller goblet design. This first one is glazed in transparent and albany stoneware. I love the albany glaze; it comes out almost irridescent, dark, dark shiny brown on its own, or a rich toffee colour over transparent, and I made use of both effects here.

Also new around here is a self-portrait of yours truly on the ‘About’ page, sporting my lovely ‘Emerald Clouds’ bead choker, which is probably my favorite of the jewellery pieces I’ve made so far.

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