I often have leftover slabs of clay when I cut out a template. They are usually very organic in shape. And they often spark my imagination wondering what I could make from this piece? The pictured vase started from a leftover slab. I merely cut out another piece in the same shape and created an unusual vase!
Desert Sunset Oval Bowl
Little Hanging Vases
What do all of these crazy trays have in common? They were all glazed using a bubble method! Here's how it goes: I dip the entire tray in the base color. Then I choose a contrasting color for the bubbles. I mix a small bit of glaze in a container with some dish soap, stick a straw in it, and start to blow! As I blow, the bubbles grow and pile up until they slowly fall from the container onto the tray. As each bubble pops, the tiny bit of glaze in it pops onto the base color. It is SO much fun to do! Hope you like these!
Garden Totem #2... SOLD!
I was honored to be juried into the 96th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists Exhibition in October. I entered my "Garden Totem #2" and just found out yesterday that it has been sold! I am so happy that it has found a home.
I'll be starting on a new beach/ocean themed garden totem in the new year. I'll keep you posted!
Garden Totem #1
I have seen garden totems in some of my friend's yards and wondered, "Could I make one??" Well, it turns out I can! Each piece is made separately with a hole on the top and the bottom. I chose to portray items you would see in a garden. Then it's just a matter of stacking them on top of each other with a wood or metal dowel. What's fun is that you can rearrange the order any time you want!
This particular piece was bought by a collector of mine from the McGroarty Arts Botanicals Ceramics Show in May.
I'm already starting on a 2nd one. I'll keep you posted!
Vase for short stems
Looking for a vase to display your short stemmed flowers, such as camellias, orchids or plumerias? This low vase design works beautifully! The flowers rest on the edges while the stems drink water from the low container in a lazy "S" form. Looks wonderful as a table centerpiece! Find more colors on my "Vases" page.
Who loves succulents?
I've had a number of people ask me recently if I make pots for plants. Well, it just so happens that I had a large succulent on my patio that was putting out numerous babies.What a great opportunity to make some pots for these little guys! As you can see in the photo above, I've been very busy. Each pot is made with different textures and colors. All are for sale to local buyers by either delivery or pick up. Check out my "Planters" page for details.
Organic Sushi Tray
One of the last meals I had in a restaurant before the pandemic closed everything down, was at a fabulous place in San Francisco called Ozumo.
The food was "to die for"! So fresh and delicately flavored. But in addition to that, I noticed the plates and trays that the food was served on. Very simple, understated and organic in design. It allowed the food to be the art and acted only as a foundation. Here is my rendition of such a tray. You can find it under Trays on my website.
During this crazy time that we are living in, I was searching for something to add to my ceramic palette that would offer me a soothing experience. I found that carefully carving these intricate mandala patterns on my 12 sided plates were just the thing! I've found so many different and wonderful mandala patterns that I will be busy for aLONG time!
I've also discovered a wonderful new lavender glaze that reminds me of one of my favorite springtime trees.... the jacaranda! You will be seeing this glaze in many more of my pieces!
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter