I snapped a picture of this over in Hillsborough the other day. I love these old shacks that are all over the place in Chatham County and Orange County. The colors remind me of the French earthenware that Doug Fitch saw while in France. If you haven't read Doug's blog about his trip, go read it!! If only I could get glaze colors like that!
I have had these gourds in my house for the longest time, they were my grandmothers and hung in her kitchen for as long as I can remember. They now hang in my kitchen and I look at them all the time thinking they would make a great form for a pot. When I saw the Jane Wheeler pot that was on my last post I decided to give it a try. Today, I worked on a couple of small ones to see how they could be made in a larger size, not as easy as I thought it would be. I was, of course, impatient, and the tall neck kept sinking into the round part because the clay was too soft. I finally waited for the clay to set up and got these two made.
I'm going to put a white crawl raku glaze on them and see what happens. I think they might be kinda funky! The blue bowl in the background was an eathenware test failure, but it looks pretty good in this photo :) up close it's a mess though. I should go back and give that some more time, but it was driving me nuts with the pin holes and the slip not behaving and my pots melting whine whine..... watching Judy Shreve getting better and better results with her tests is giving me a new perspective on testing and patience. I never stick with any of it long enough to work it out. I get aggrevated and move on. May be time to go back and revisit some things with fresh eyes...... patience grasshopper!!!