A few people have asked me how the clay gets baked. My work gets fired at The ClayGround Studio and Gallery. I called several different workshops before deciding where I wanted my home studio to be. The key factors for me picking this studio was price, location, and they had a gallery. I have been working with them over the past few months now and I am really happy that I choose them. I purchase my clay from them, I do all my glazing there, and then they fire it for me. Their team is great, the owner is awesome, and I love the setup, it works. I do open studio, but they do offer classes in several mediums, their gallery has a lot of functional art provided by over 40 different artists. By the end of this month early next month my work will ba available in their gallery
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About the collection
Several years ago I created this concept on a larger scale. I was very happy with the outcome and wanted to start a collection. I now have four items in this collection in addition to the original piece. This collection will have various styles, shapes and sizes. Eventually this concept is going to be made into jewelry, although that will take sometime to perfect. For this collection the first piece is glazed and ready for the kiln. Thursday I dropped off this and two other pieces at the studio to finish drying . They will be fired and ready for glazing some time next week. They should be available in early July for purchase either at Grandfather’s Garden Center or The ClayGround. If you are interested in a piece send me a message so I can direct you the which location it is available.
The globe was made with several techniques. First I used the pinch pot method to create a bowl twice. Once there were two bowls, newspaper was placed inside them to keep the shape, the edges were scorched, and slip was applied to make everything stick together. After this was finished, I beat the ball into a globe shape, picked the bottom, and smoothed the surface. Giving the globe time to harden after this process is important, because it needs time to harden for phase two. While the globe is drying some, clay is rolled into a coil and then flattened. I place the flat coil around the ball till I have a desired layout for it. With this piece I wanted it to have a floating effect above the ball. I added a loose interpretation of that design to the top of the globe. Like the ribbon effect flowers are a fundamental part of this collection. That being said I strategically placed some around the globe. I wanted to make the flowers a little different from the rest, so I made them hallow versus solid and opened them up.
This is the first time creating a building structure, right now I am happy about the progression of this piece. It’s a tea light candle cottage that was inspired by my fairy gardens. When writing, I often doodle little lines with the balls on the end to make flowers, which I added around the base of the cottage with a small wall to give the effect of a garden. The cottage should give a really warm and welcoming vibe because of all the windows and openness. The roof is primitive because I felt like that is what a woodland creature would use. I didn’t want it to have it look like home decor, I wanted it to be more of a place that you could actually imagine someone or something living. With that desire I added a few extra details. Such as, a stone wall and pathway to the door. After everything was said and done, I still wasn’t sure that there was enough ventilation for a tea light, so I add a chimney. The chimney started off round, but it wasn’t fun, so I gave it extra texture and shape. This item is still drying and should be fired sometime next week. After that it will be glazed, if everything turns out well this piece will be available in They ClayGround Studio and Gallery sometime early next month.
This piece has been fired and is now bisque-ware. I didn’t get to take a picture of it before this process was completed, but they don’t really look that different. I used this ancient jasper glaze. I choose this color because the piece itself has an Asian inspection behind it, so I wanted a color that matched that inspiration. I really liked how this glaze looked, however this was a very thick glaze and I am a little worried about the final product. We shall wait and see what happens :s