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.
I have started to experiment creating seascapes and landscapes on my large shallow bowls. Using methods of surface decoration learned from Jean Taylor at the La Canada Flintridge Community Center ceramics studio, this involves dipping and pouring glazes in a certain sequence to achieve the desired effect. This was my first attempt at this new method and I think it worked out nicely, though I see many areas needing improvement and tweaking. The experiments will continue!
My second Earth Globe was a success! It is bigger than Earth #1, and is about 7" round. I will be entering it in upcoming gallery shows. If you are interested in it, please contact me.
I'm excited to be progressing with my 2nd Earth Globe project. This one is larger than the first I attempted. That allows for more detail with the carving out of continents. All land masses have been carved out and removed. What is left are the oceans which support the entire globe, in more than one way!
I am in the process of brushing wax on the entire inside of the globe so that glaze will not attach to it. You can see what I'm talking about if you look back in my blog archives for 'My Blue Marble", the first globe.
And since I still think of Sept as the beginning of a new period of the year, I have a new studio apron to welcome in the fall. Sewn by yours truly!
During one of our recent hot spells, I decided to experiment with nerikomi designs on my structural style of vases.
I love how the various brown, red and white clays contribute to the floral and grassy design. This is very labor intensive. But I got into the zen of it, working in my cool house and ignoring the frying pan heat outside.
I love glazing and trying out new techniques. In the pictures above, I start out by aerating the contrast glaze and letting the bubbles flow over the cup onto the tray. I did this two times with different glazes on top of each other.
I LOVE the randomness of this method!
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter