Inked

 

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I have a love/hate relationship with shino glazes. Shinos are a type of glaze that is heavily dependant on the kiln environment, so you never quite know how they will turn out. Occasionally, you’ll get a result like I did with this mug. Instead of all of the wonderful burnt oranges and grey carbon trapping swirling around, I got white. Blah!

Now, I have nothing against the color white per se, it just isn’t my favorite glazing option. Fortunately, while I didn’t get the results I was hoping for I did get to do the next best thing to this mug – I inked it!

Shinos, as a glaze, don’t always fit the clay body as perfectly as other glazes and when it fires without the heavy reduction of oxygen in the kiln environment it tends to go white, but also tends to crackle. If you look closely at the picture you’ll see minute cracks in the glaze surface. Now, since I know that this can happen, I use a non-shino glaze as a liner on the inside of the mug to prevent any food safety issues from bacteria getting in the cracks.

These little cracks go all the way to the surface of the clay body and using india ink you can darken the cracks of the lines. It seems weird and it is, but it is also super cool. If you notice, I only inked some of the sections on this mug to help create a little bit more contrast and interest in the surface.

Since I’m essentially staining the clay body the ink won’t wash away (I’ve already scrubbed this mug to remove any residual ink) making it completely safe to use.

For those of you interested in learning more about shinos, as a glaze category, I’ve linked here to a great article on the origins and principles of shino glazes – they truly are a breed apart.

Check out this mug and more in my online shop!

Red Eye Shino

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Here’s a side of my work that you don’t usually see – jewelry! I’ve been creating jewelry for what seems like forever whenever I have a little bit of clay leftover from other projects. I’ve even sold them periodically at art fairs and the Redlands Art Association.

Well now I’ve decided to actually promote my jewelry and sell it more officially and consistently online through Etsy. My jewelry line is up and available through an Etsy Shop I created just for my jewelry.

Each handmade ceramic pendant is paired with a made by me cord created using kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. I really enjoy the work I do to create these handmade cords – its a fun break from working in clay and I love figuring out just the right cord for each pendant.

I hope you’ll check them out!

Introducing the Symbol Planter Series

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This is a series of planters I never really expected to make. I had been trying out the stamp used to create the texture on these planters just for fun.

Every. Single. One. Sold.

So, by popular demand, I’m pleased to share the latest in my series of planters – the symbol series.

What I enjoy most about this series of work is the glaze. The Kennedy Shino glaze used for these planters is one of my favorite shino glazes and like all shinos its results are dependant on the environment in the kiln. That variation is what makes them so great! You’ll notice flashes of orange and gold, grey spots from carbon trapping and creamy whites as well on these planters. As you can see above, the planter on the left has more grey and cream tones and the one on the right is more orange and gold.

Check out the ones currently available in my online shop from every angle in small, medium and large sizes. Oh, and did I mention they look smashing with plants in them!

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Figurative Work

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If you had asked me a year ago if I would be creating figurative sculptures I would have laughed and laughed and laughed. Yet here I am with several garden art sculptures slash planters created in a female form. Even more amazing is that I love creating them. I enjoy the attitude and personality each one takes on as the piece takes shape over the sculpting process. I especially love the chance to be really crazy and free with my glazing. Something about these forms seems to call for a no-holds barred approach to adding color that is far removed from my normally rather detailed and precise method.

This particular figure is my tallest yet – standing fourteen inches high – and has a lovely red midriff that I love. I hope you’ll take a little time to check her out in my online shop along with a couple others I have available.