I was looking for something different to do with my bowl form...... I mean, a bowl is kind of a basic shape... more or less round or oval, shallow or deep. Then I came up with the idea of attaching small balls of clay to the seams and calling them buttons! It's surprising how such a small addition can give some "pop" to the regular bowl shape. So lately I've been happily adding buttons to all my bowls. Some are "innies" where I stamp a small round indent into the clay. Others are "outies" where I add the aforementioned ball of clay. Either way, they look pretty cute!
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 is.... Living Coral!
So I have created a number of my gratitude boxes using a similar glaze in coral.
These gratitude boxes are from 4" - 6" high and are perfect gifts for those close to you. I have many other colors on my "Boxes" page. Check them out!
I've been experimenting with clay coils. I've done coils horizontally for such things as making a bowl or vase. But here I made the coils vertical and of uneven lengths. The end result reminds me of a branch broken from a tree.
A friend of mine has been encouraging me to try making pieces using cone 5 glazes. I used such glazes on this vase and love the way the brown emphasizes the line of the coils, which contrast with the lovely turquoise interior.
I enjoy making my own stamps for texture. It's really quite easy. Just roll a small log of clay, then carve or impress a design! After it is bisqued, it is ready for use.
For the orange-ish and white bowls above, I used the same floral style stamp. But notice how different it looks under the 2 glazes. Each glaze accentuates the same stamp differently. Where it is heavier or lighter gives a totally new look to the impression.
The dark navy texture at the end is one of my most popular textures. I created it by using the edge of a wooden smoothing tool for clay and pressed in the star like design. The circles in the middle where pressed in with the end of a tiny straw.
Here are a few recent lidded boxes I made. I'm calling them "Gratitude Boxes" because inside is a small pad of paper and a tiny pencil for you to write down things you are grateful for during the month. Put the written papers in the box and let them marinate. At the end of the month, open your box and read through what you have written. Guaranteed to help you feel better after a crummy day!
At a recent show, I had a customer ask me if I made pitchers. I have made teapots, but never any pitchers. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with a design. And found out that pitchers are a lot of fun to make!
I used some of my handmade stamps to decorate the surface with turtles and ocean waves.
You can get up close to see this beautiful globe at the
92nd Annual Juried Exhibition with the
Pasadena Society of Artists.
It will be on display from April 1 - 29 at White's Gallery in Montrose, along with over 100 amazing pieces of
multi-media art by my friends at the Pasadena Society of Artists.
I always find it challenging to apply to a show with a theme. In this case, I had to create pieces that evoked peacocks. I find these birds so interesting! Originating in India, they have been brought to the USA by collectors and added to neighborhoods and gardens, such as the Arboretum. Only the males posses the unique fan tail and when unfurled, use it to attract mates.
This is one of my pieces that was accepted to the Pasadena Society of Artists Peacock Show at the L.A. County Arboretum.
I chose to concentrate on the distinctive feathers and color palette of a peacock's train. In this piece, I used the surface decoration style of mishima and drew a stencil-like bit of the feather. The background glaze colors mimic the real life colors of an actual peacock.
This is a close up of my Wave bowl. You can see the entire piece in my Bowls section. I am drawn to spirals ... They show such movement. I was hoping to show some of that movement of color as I applied the glaze to this bowl.
I am into stripes now..... of every color! Pouring glaze across a tray is an application method where I don't have a whole lot of control. I can choose the glazes and which will be next to and on top of each other, but the lines spill vertically or at a slant depending on the angle I am holding the tray at. It is all very serindipity-ish. Which I love about it! I hope you do too.
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter