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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Terra Sig

I put terra sig on my big pot today, I decided to sawdust fire it since I won't be able to lift it out of my raku kiln. Forethought would have been good when I was building this thing! Then I thought, hmmmm..... what if I put terra sig on my mugs since I still haven't figured out what to do with them, and then I thought what about some underglaze and some stain..... and before I knew it I had a bunch of cups ready to go into the bisque! I think I like where this is going. I used to be a set designer and one of the things I regularly got stuck doing was faux finishing walls, floors, furniture. Staining these cups felt a lot like that and then a little light went off and I thought, why haven't I tried to apply that to pottery before? It's so simple, it's what I know! Let's hope the firing doesn't take this patina away too much, I really like them like they are, but sadly bone dry pottery won't hold liquids :)
Looks like a pumkin doesn't it!
LOVE this!



and then there is Mick! I have had this poster since I was in High School. Can you believe that! Anyway, he is in my studio and I had my camera so I thought I would snap a pic for ya!

13 comments:

DK said...

I usually just come by to see the pretty pictures and read about the different ways you fire your pieces hoping that some day I can get back into pottery and don't say anything. But I love the look of stains and those mugs are just so lovely the way they look right now. Thanks for the pictures. :)

cookingwithgas said...

Everything looks great Tracey you are just cooking!

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Thanks DK, I left a message for you over at your blog. Hey MH, I had a good day today!

Patricia Griffin said...

wow, mick in your studio! You're a true fan. I think I'm gonna be a fan of your terra sig mugs. They look great!

Hollis Engley said...

Those mugs do look good, Tracey. I'm eager to see what they look like when they're fired.

Judy Shreve said...

Tracey - I love what you are doing right now! The decoration & use of color & form are fabulous. Can't wait to see them finished.

jimgottuso said...

wow... that terra sig looks luscious, hope it retains some of that after the firing. i always seems to like the look of damp greenware better than the finished surface

ladyofclay said...

You're really onto something there - very intriguing !
Once they are glaze fired you may find the surface a little hostile to the touch so you may want to experiment with a light spray of satin or gloss clear.
Looking forward to seeing them finished, Colleen

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Hi all: thanks for the comments! Jim, I just wish we could find a way to use greenware! Especially at that certain leather hard burnished stage! I hate glazing, I just like the way the clay looks. I think that is why I am going in this pit firing direction.
The mugs are burnished ans will be low fired so I am hoping for a softer surface that just dry clay. I may have to give them a little clear glaze but I want a mat feel, so, we shall see.....

Linda Starr said...

You are really on a roll, the cups looks great. I'm with you sometimes I wish the work would look just like it does before it's fired. Can't wait to see how the cups turn out.

The pumpking jar - is that a new clay? I love that rich color.

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Hi Linda: The "pumpkin" jar just has terra sig on it. I plan to fire it in a sawdust fire sometime this week and the terra sig will give me some color other than just a black smoked pot.

ang said...

hey trace inspired stuff, truly cool...

Laura said...

The stains look fab on your pieces, Trace. Oh and thanks for that visual jolt of a young Mick. So sweet indeed.