Friday, December 16, 2011

River Aura and Friends

Making these cups and bowls have been a sort of therapeutic problem-solving activity for me. I still don't have a strong idea why I've begun to learn the ancient art of wheel-throwing. What little bug got into my brain, I'll never know. Maybe its my passion to constantly learn something new to do with my hands and art. Is that pretentious? Good.

These pieces below are some of the better ones that I recently pulled outta the kiln. The first one I really like now that I've spent some time with it. I really don't know how I got that brown dirty look, but I like it. The "aura" curves that I've been manipulating, here, turn into what looks like an old river. Which is neat because it just happens to be the one cup with a brownish glaze, helping it to look like an old map.

River Aura Cup
River Aura Cup

Little elegant white mug with blue interior.
 Nothing special about it.  
The blue line is glaze painted into a carved out line.  

I made another plate. I've made about two plates, so far.
 Someone needs to show mehow to make one, because I constantly fail at it.
This glaze is dank though. I hope you can tell from this photo.

This is a brown clay slip painted onto white clay and then
carved out. Its caveman-ish. 

Caveman Mug

For the Ladies! I just pulled this out of the kiln and immediately
sold it to my neighbor. 

Pinkish outside with blue inside. What I really like about it is the
pattern repeats itself, which is new for me to figure out
how to do. Usually the lines wander around the bowl,
but this one is actually a pattern.
Pea-Green outside and baby blue inside. The colors conflict,
but its still a nice little bowl.

Each one gets my initials and the year. FYI.

A bird flying high under the sun?

Clouds and sun-streaked sky on a nice mug.

Maybe I got influenced by some of the retirees that I spend
time with at the Parks and Rec where I make these. I think this
would've looked less childish with a better glaze job.
But hey, maybe its perfect. 

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