Tuesday, May 21, 2013

More Dyeing....and FINALLY. Clay.

This past weekend was the long awaited two day dye workshop that I had arranged for our guild.  Julie Hodge, a professor at UMW led the course.  And we were so fortunate to be able to use the school's dye studio!  All the tools at our fingertips.

Prereduced Indigo.  A magical thing.  Starting from scratch to create an indigo dye vat is a long and touchy business.  With the prereduced you just mix in water, add soda ash and the Thiourea Dioxide.  No messing with that nasty lye and no need to even heat it up!

And the results are a quick amazing blue!
(Taken from the second floor window because I was too busy to run down closer!)

Julie demonstrating the color wheel project we worked on on the second day.

Color mixing, starting with only the three primaries.  Who needs to buy a bunch of fancy colors!

And finally on Monday (yesterday) it was back to clay.  I organized the shelves well enough to jump in.  It was a little touch and go to start out.  I haven't thrown on my elevated wheel for over a year!

But 24 pots in a couple of hours doesn't seem to be too bad for me. 

Today I wore my weaving hat.  

 I trim bowls!


Tracey Broome said...

I'm sort of doing the same thing, weaving, clay, weaving, clay. Clay seems to be winning the race right now though.
I need to come visit you one day and get a dye lesson! I feel like it's something I need to see someone do instead of reading a how to about it.
Love that blue, omg!!,

Anna M. Branner said...

I know exactly what you mean Tracey. I've dyed with others plenty of times. But this workshop gave me the tools to jump in a do it on my own!

cookingwithgas said...

You are cracking busy. That blue is fantastic. Pots look great.