Several thriftstore makeovers and a display board of bottlecap birds await loading for show
My Studio’s looking kind of empty! Yesterday, my husband and I loaded the car with 19 thriftstore makeovers ranging from miniature to almost didn’t fit in the car size, plus 30-some other (non thriftstore related) small pieces, and over 50 bird paintings on bottle caps, and delivered it to R. Pela gallery! Every piece is either recycled or small, so they’re a great value and something for every budget. I hope that we get lots of traffic thru Art Detour weekend. This event is prime time to be be in a gallery in downtown Phoenix.
Everything After show
R. Pela Contemporary Art
335 W. McDowell
Opening reception, Friday March 6, 6 pm; 3rd Friday reception, March 20, 6 pm
Extended weekend hours during Art Detour event, March 7-8
Gallery site: http://rpelagallery.com/
Two of a few bird heads and figures, bisque fired
While the class winds down and it makes less sense to start involved projects, I sat and pinched a few bird and monster shapes, really small pieces, that would dry pretty fast and be fired before the last class. Or at least, by the last pick up day. Above, the chicken head is about 2″, the smaller is less than an inch. These are bisque fired now. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them. It may or may not be a glaze finish. Depending on what they get incorporated into in the future, I’ll finish them to go with whatever that piece calls for. There are more coming, including one with a torso.
Slab construction, iron oxide under Snow White glaze
I really liked the way this came out! It was slab construction with added features. It’s a sort of pooched out box shape, and the lid fits nicely. The clay is probably LB Blend, however I did ‘recycle’ some of our clay so it could be partly Rod’s Bod or Soldate 60, maybe even some unidentified cone 10 scraps from the sink, but mostly LB blend.
I put iron oxide on it after it was bisque fired, wiped some off, and dipped it good in Snow White glaze. It came out as I ‘hoped,’ however, I try not to hope or expect too much, and just enjoy the surprises, usually. All that’s left is to take some wet/dry sandpaper and smooth the bottoms of his feet, (or attach felt dots), so he won’t scratch surfaces he’s set on. I’m considering this one a ‘he’ because it has no udders this time.
The lidded box creature at the greenware stage. Note the blobular starfish like creature, too.
An array of pieces in bisque and glazeware stages
And there’s the blobular starfish thing glazed. Believe it or not, that glaze is called purple haze. It rarely seems to turn out purple, but we all keep trying! The bird heads, some creatures you’ve seen and some you haven’t, bowls, and in the foreground are some pieces I pressed a texture into and used to test glazes. The clay on the test pieces is all LB Blend or similar stoneware, always cone 10 as that is all we do in this class. The glazes are from left to right:
Two toned rectangle w/flower imprint: “Purple Haze” (have yet to see purple with this glaze!)
Rectangle w/subtle texture: Snow White (so far a very reliable glaze)
Paisley imprinted rectangle top row: iron oxide wiped partially off, Snow White glaze (loved this!)
Medallion imprint on square w/lifted corners, top row: Caramel, 2 coats (liked this a lot, too)
Round medallion imprint, Stoneware Blue (another I like a lot, did a lot of bowls with it last year)
Rimmed rectangle lower right, Cranberry, another unpredictable glaze, definitely didn’t come out red at all, even though it was quite thick. At the right angle you can see the glaze ‘crazed,’ (crackled). My husband did some bowls last year that got fairly red with this glaze.
The lone white figure in all this is recycled clay from the sink strainer, ewww! I collected most of it the first night the teacher demonstrated wheel throwing and she was working with porcelain, so this is a mix of cone 10 porcelain and probably some white cone 10 stoneware. It is bisque fired in this pic. It does feel very smooth. I dipped it in Snow White, because I think it looks like a ghost. We will see how that comes out, should be out of the glaze firing in about a week, I hope.
In the background the long tube shaped creature has only legs and a mouth with teeth. No eyes. I had plans for him that didn’t pan out as I ran out of time to enter it in a current show. So, I dipped him in Hunter Green on top, Spodumene on the bottom, and made his lips Cherie Jade, and his teeth Snow White. He is awaiting glaze firing as a few other things.
Another thing I’ve been making is pet dishes for a handicapped cockatiel. He needs them to be high, not too slick inside, and not too deep. So the lumpy dishes in the background are for him. (All the glazes are food safe.)
MY FIRST EXPLODING PIECE!
I did a glaze test on this anyway, which also didn’t come out fantastic.
Blowout! Teapot didn’t survive bisque firing.
There seems to be no reason this particular piece was risky. It was slab and coil, very well pressed together, but somehow, maybe because we’d had a lot of rain, there must have been moisture trapped in there when it was bisque fired. There were lots of other shards, (fortunately, they said it didn’t wreck anyone else’s work). I kept the legs, top and lid, in case I want to do something with them. I did do a glaze test on the top parts, and that was kind of disappointing, too!
One of my hollow chickens made it fine thru both bisque and glaze firing, no breakage. However, the glaze was the same firing as the teapot and a disappointment. I redipped the chicken in Snow White, so we will see what happens now. The bad glaze was just not right for the piece. Too busy, too uninteresting, and detracted from the shape and detail. I’m hoping that a simple all over white glaze will bring her back. It can’t likely hurt!
To see pics of the ceramic pieces at an earlier stage, see this post: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/shows-new-products-new-ceramics-mostly-chickens-so-far/