Friday, November 16, 2007

What's in the Studio Today?

Here are some of the items currently on the shelves:

These small scalloped plates, inspired by Whitney's plates, are ready for bisque fire.

"Got Chocolate?" I have a couple of these cup & saucer sets ready for the kiln as well.

The drawing on this large porcelain fruit bowl was done with an underglaze pencil.

These finished pieces are from recent kiln loads:

A little bit of fun... the kiwi and watermelon bowls

Simple birdie cups and pitcher set

My fun contemporary take on traditional blue china

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Present to Self

I am so excited! The Giffin Grip came in the mail yesterday. It's something I've been gnarling over for a year now. It's definitely a "luxury" tool and something I can do without. On the other hand, it would sure speed up productivity, especially during hectic periods in the studio like the upcoming holidays. Oftentimes, I'm too lazy to make a chuck out of clay to trim large vases or pitchers. During one of my weak moments last week, I finally caved in and bought one. When I saw the box outside the door yesterday, it felt like an early birthday present. I immediately unpacked it and put it to good use.

Note: In case you're wondering what a chuck is, here's a great post of one by Cynthia. Thank you Cynthia!

Monday, November 12, 2007

One out of Four

Something always goes wrong with one out of four plates. For years now, I've been trying to break away from this pattern. It hasn't happened yet. Perhaps it is a sign from above?