Happy 2018! To start off this year, I've been re-stocking some favorites in my Etsy shop, such as these stone look mushroom bells.
I love how each one gets toasted differently in the kiln.
There's also some new bells stamped with Indian wood block stamps I've been meaning to use, along with hanging crystals I picked up at a local gem show. The gem shows are full of so many sparkly things it's hard to decide, and picture how to incorporate them into ceramic art. I decided to hang them with wire so they can work as a wind-catcher and also sparkle in the sun.
This new year I am also planning my first trip abroad. Squeeee! I'll probably want to come back and start making meditative tea bowls. Japan has such a long, beautiful history of Ceramics, I can't wait to see it in person.
For the next month, I'll be furiously making more new Jellyfish wall sculptures, and finishing up commissions too.
These are the one thing I can't seem to keep stocked in my shop. The thing I thought was the weirdest, is the most popular. Go figure!
The super sandy clay I've been using for these is nice and strong, and has great texture. Depending on where it is in the kiln, it goes from light yellow to dark brown, sometimes all in one vase, it's like a piece of toast.
I love the drippy glaze combo, on the right one, it makes interesting glass drops. It went on a little too thick this time and dripped all the way to the bottom, but I really like the randomness.
The alchemy of minerals, sand, and textures is great fun, and I'm off to make some taller ones.
These three as well as some new blue dandelion rattles were listed in my shop this weekend, check them out HERE.