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Monday, July 15, 2013

New Work



I decided to try something a little different.  I have some customers that like my images but are not too happy with the drippy slip.  So thought I would revisit the buff clay I have thrown with in the past.

(You will also notice, I hope, that I have been trying to improve my photo taking.  Can you tell that the first three pictures were taken after figuring out white balance and color intensity adjustablity??  The next ones not so much...)






It seems so much simpler to skip the slipping, and waiting for that slip to dry.  I did discover that I have to wait longer to paint with the underglazes on the clay (rather then the dry slip).  It seems to apply better on a drier surface.  Decorating on the buff does have some limitations.  I don't get that nice contrasting line in my drawings....which of course reminds me that that is the reason I started to use the white slip and red clay in the first place.

So I have done more of that as well.


(Can't get this nice fence line without that contrast...)




Does the drippyness of the slip bother any of you?

The good news is that all of these pots were purchased in a big wholesale order and are now living (I hope temporarily!)  at the Miller Farms' Farm Store in Locust Grove VA.

I also decided this hot weather meant it was time to do a bit of weaving with cotton for a change.  This will be a summer weight shawl.  Just right for a chilly night under the stars at the beach....



Gratuitous hot dog picture. 





11 comments:

Sarah V. said...

Oh Anna! Those cows in the second photo are SOOO beautiful! Omg... I mean everything is beautiful, but those in particular went straight to the heart. You do SUCH lovely work :)

Poor hot dog, my hot cat sympathizes!

cookingwithgas said...

I do like the warmth of the red clay but they all look great. I don't mind the drips but people can be so funny about how perfect they want their handmade items to be.

Julie said...

To be honest, I love them all! I do not mind the drips at all.

Susan Isenhart said...

I love them all! Drips or no drips.

maltese parakeet said...

I love the cow faces. I hope you'll make some more!

Anna M. Branner said...

Well I think I won't let the drips get me down! Thanks everyone! And yes I will be making more of both the cow and the pig mugs. It's a nice change working with a smoother clay....

barbaradonovan said...

I like them all, but really enjoy the drawings directly on the buff clay. If you want to add more contrasting lines to the buff, maybe try using a sharper tool to outline here and there and brush on/sponge off black or brown underglaze on those lines after bisque so the color stays in the lines. Kind of think they are pretty as is though.
:) -b

coppertoptoo said...

The cow mug on the left just slays me!! I like the look of the softer lines there, but, I also love the drips and harder lines, as well! I love it all!
Layla is adorable!

Anna M. Branner said...

Layla is super cute. She sucked us in with those ears. Fourth of July weekend was our 12 year "adoptaversary!" This hot weather is REALLY hard on her. AND me.

Lisa said...

WANT CHICKEN CUP, WANT CHICKEN CUP NOW!!!! <3 Lisa

TT in MD said...

Love these mugs!!! I have a friend at work who loves cows - he might have to get one of these if you make more! Personally, I love the drips - can't really say why per se but makes the whole piece cozy.