Thursday, August 5, 2010

Opinions Please, I know you got 'em

First of all, I'm trying to get in a pic for the online show. Most of my other barns are images sent in for other shows and I have to keep them on hold until I find out if I'm accepted. Luckily I have a few of these. Do ya think this is an ok piece for the online Clay and Blogs show?
Second, I made a template for a hand built cup, sort of inspired by my friend Laura, who was hand building lots of cups. I suck at throwing cups on the wheel, I can't ever tell if they are tall enough and wide enough and with hand building I can make a template and there ya go, I know what it will look like instantly. I made these cups a few weeks ago, and then I saw the ones above posted on Clementina's blog. They seemed so similar I hesitated to post mine, thinking that she might think I was just ripping her off. But the more I look at mine the more I see how different they are so I'm not that worried now. But just for the record I did make these a while back. Anyway, here's my problem: what the Hell do I do with them now?!
I want a rustic look for functional pieces that will blend nicely with my barns. I have a white terra sig on these two and am thinking about a black stain to highlight the texture, but I need a liner, what to do!?!?!??!?!
and then there is this thing. I like it, it's sort of a pie plate, pasta bowl kinda thing, but again, what do I do with it now? I love using terra sig, I get it, it likes me, but I can't put that inside this plate or inside my cups. I can use the stains and sig I have for my barns on the outsides but I need something food safe for the inside. I also like using the white Raku clay for hand building, but I find functional work looks so nice with red clay, however, I have got to pick white or red, it's just a mess for me to keep them separate in my tiny work space. I am going round and round here and would love some input, some clarity, and thoughts, oh wise bloggers?!?!?


jimgottuso said...

hi tracey, i love those stamped/etched cups. i'd go ahead and use a liner if you have one handy and do the terra sig on the outside. i recently started using a liner and reluctantly at first but sometimes the contrast of exterior and interior can work to our advantage.

TropiClay Studio said...

I like the background behind the barn! Gives the impression of an old, weathered building.

I knew Jim would like those cups as soon as I saw them!

Liz said...

what cone are you working at? I have a lovely liner glaze recipe for cone six. It fires ultra clear, but also takes mason stains very well if you are looking for some colour. also a great recipe for an inky black that is very stable and makes an excellant liner.

cookingwithgas said...

I love the barn and think it would be great either in he show or in the online show.
I like the cups- I am with you that a good liner would be great- if you are not ready to fire them set them aside and come back to them.
The bowl has that wonderful bread bowl shape to me.
Make more and then give your self permission to do something different on each one.

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ang said...

barn on trace!! hey the bowl is such a conundrum eh it looks functional so peeps would expect it to be so.. the only way i think to break away from function is to put it on the wall for some reason pieces get perceived differently that way.....mmm love your terrasigs..

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

You definitely have athing for your surfaces. I just glaze, glaze, glaze. One day I'll take a class on other ways to treat surfaces.

I guess we really don't know what to expect from this online show, but since it's possible for more people to see it than the actual in-person exhibit, I'd be tempted to put in a really nice piece like your barn.

Your barns look so nice in your photos, I can't wait to see them in person!

FuturePrimitive said...

Christ only knows. I really dunno what you should do!
Matt asks me questions about what he should do with some of his pots...and all I can come up with is 'have a think'!
They all look lovely...but I can't help you with your dilemma, sorry!
Good luck. You'll work it out!

Judy Shreve said...

Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday. I have a house full of company -- some lady pottery friends that are in Atlanta taking a Diane Fayt workshop.

Glazing is a crazy dilemma. I find even if I work out a glaze I love - something changes after time & even my most reliable glaze will all of sudden pinhole or run or not cover as well. I don't know if something changes with one of the ingredients in the glaze or in the next batch of clay. We potters are constantly challenged by glazes -- especially electric kiln firers. Atmosphere does a lot to help a glaze along - but if you are an electric oxidation firer - you have to do all the work.

So -- I think if you can find a base glaze that works most of the time and just add colorants -- that's the way to go. I mix a big batch of base & pull out a cupful and add colorants by volume -- I can share this method in more detail if you want. It sure simplifies things!

Happy testing!