Thursday, June 18, 2009

Glaze porn and a veggie garden

Yesterday I helped unload the gas kiln at the studio. It's a big job and usually requires a few people. The entire time that I am bringing out various student's work I am anxiously, impatiently craning my neck to see if I can spot any of my little pieces. This firing was extra spectacular. The colors.... the freaking colors are AMAZING! I got reds and blues. I got purples and I have no idea how. Seriously. I have never had this purple color before (the pieces in the center of the photo above) and I have no idea what glazes I layered to get it. When I glaze I tend to be a bit of a mad scientist mixing, layering, airbrushing, splattering... I used to write down combinations so that I would be able to replicate them but I gave up that practice a long time ago. Being organized takes up way too much time and usually I can figure out what glazes I have used just by examining the piece - but not this time. I am stumped.


In other news, my little veggie garden is really thriving. It's been raining for about fifty years now here in upstate NY and the garden loves it. My little leggy, stringy seedling have grown into big, strong plants. I have already harvested the first round of radishes! (And boy were they good - extra kicky!)
Some of you may have noticed that my raised beds are actually repurposed bookcases. They work like a charm!

Time to do some work! More goodies await me at the studio!

11 comments:

Dani said...

You are so thrify...bookcases, who would have thought!

I'm looking forward to Saturday...nice weather pu-lease!!!

I send you a message via etsy...

BTW...I am so jealous about the gas firing. I was in on ??? whatever day and the kiln was already loaded so none of my things got in. Oh well...next time I am planning on tons!

bellajoya said...

Will you by any chance be putting any of these in your "extras" shop? I've been looking for a cabochon for a barrette that I've been wanting to do, and some of your pieces look perfect. Let me know.

bluedogrose said...

Beautiful stuff from your kiln- but I am ashamed to say I am more amazed by your bookcase idea more! I may have to borrow that one.

Marbella Designs said...

look at all those beads, how fun! and i love your idea for the book cases!

Winchell Clayworks said...

Those glazes are gorgeous!

LillyShayStyle said...

Who woulda thought to repurpose bookcases in this manner? That's amazing!

I hope you find your proper combination to recreate purple, it's pretty.

You have an award on my blog!

Silver Parrot said...

Glaze porn, indeed! Great colors!

addictivecreative said...

I love those colors! Are they all commercial glazes? I'll need to post images of my glazed ceramics on my blog soon...I took a community college course b/c I haven't really properly learned to work w/clay, and have loved it!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

BOOKCASES! OMG, you are a genius! I'll be scouring the local thrift shops for them from now on to use in my garden. :)

Erin said...

Ooo...pretty pretties!

jeweledrabbit/Maureen said...

Those colors are stunning.