Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Open Sesame Part Deux


The second set of trays/tiles fired beautifully. I think I have the lower temp bisque firing down, it’s the glazing that I’m needing to find a little magic. Well, I shouldn’t speak too soon…the first set of pods I made are firing now at cone 6. This is a “test” firing at cone 6 because I’m not sure how my kiln will do at cone 6. When I bought the second kiln used last year it did come with a ton of misc. supplies stuffed in this large set of plastic storage drawers. Some old, some new but in the “lot” were several boxes of large and small cones, including cone 6, so I’m optimistic all will be well… Also included in the supplies were several Duncan French Dimensions Fired Color Accents in cute little squeeze tubes. I tested the French Plum on a Raven tray the last load and liked the high pile effect. I used the French Dimensions as berry’s on

the sgraffito branches because when it fires it remains raised up and didn’t seem to run or bleed. Again, we’ll soon see! I’ll fire this load of glaze as soon as the cone 6 test pods are done…

Even with the holiday on Monday it’s been full on art making this week -whew! Between getting the metal sculptures boxed and shipped, clay loaded, unloaded and glazed, I’ve been volunteering to help Gus’ sixth grade class create the backdrop scenes for their upcoming school play “The Princess and the Pea.” I wish I had the same team of 12 stagehands working in my studio!

I couldn’t believe how they made short time of getting several plywood backdrops primed -youthful energy is an amazing thing! Kristen, our oldest has started a Blog, Rosie Creek Quilts. In addition to her many academic gifts, she has always been a talented writer, illustrator and now fiber artist. Up in the (more) frozen North of Fairbanks, she entered a quilting contest that had the theme of using a snowman. You have to see her original design, because if she gets burned out with her Chemical Oceanography and her Academic

career path, she’ll always find work as an artist. Kristen we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your snowman piece!

6 comments:

Anji Gallanos said...

Your adventurous for taking on the school play..but way to go!!

Christine--RHP said...

yay for doing more in clay, but super-yay for Kristin's quilts!!! (there's some talent and passion right there!) Nicely done. I hope she wins!

ang said...

all the best with the glaze firing..and fun doing a bit of stage work..

Gary's third pottery blog said...

super gorgeous painting there

Linda Starr said...

the tray tiles look great, love the blue accents on the bird tile, really pops, good luck with future firings.

cindy shake said...

Thanks all for reading and commenting :o)

Thank you Linda, I used a blue underglaze along with the black because I thought it would help to look more like a Magpie's markings -I think I like it too -but again, we'll see after the glaze firing!!