I surprised my mom today with this fun hand built, textured, oval vase. Surprising her with potter is pretty hard, she can sniff it out like a bloodhound. Luckily, this was cooling in a kiln and just came out Friday morning and got wrapped up in box before none were the wiser. Phew. She was delighted as she hardly ever sees anything from me not built on the wheel. I really had fun with this little experiment and want to work on some more.
I blame my absence from my blog to continued work on my grad school applications. I have most of the apps submitted and some of the portfolio's done. I should bite the bullet and submit the portfolios but I still have time to get a few more good pieces through the kiln. If not, I have the images ordered and ready to upload and burn to disk. I will breathe a deep sigh of relief when they are all done and then comes the waiting part. Ugh!
Luckily I will be too busy working to worry. I just found out that I have been awarded a studio assistantship at Penland School of Crafts. This it for their spring eight week concentration with artist, Kathy King. I was so excited when I found out that it took a couple of days to get down out of the clouds. I really can't wait to go back to North Carolina. I had such a wonderful time last June.
Here is another fun piece I gave my mom. She saw me making it and just had to have it. But I kept it over at the studio for the last month so it hasn't been on her mind.
About a week ago I was able to get these three mugs into a cone ten gas reduction firing and I am in love with them. The one in the middle is my favorite. I dipped the shino and next time I will try spraying for more control. I want to get more of the orange color so I need to get the glaze on thinner. I have some more of these mugs all ready to go plus some other forms to apply the paper resist and underglaze to. Can't wait to see how they turn out.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year