Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ok the bowls are out of the kiln and for a first time I think "not to bad". I was really excited to open the kiln and see how this new technique would turn out.

I used a matte blue green glaze (I love this color) then placed round flat back colored glass pebbles (bought at Michaels Arts & Crafts). (Have I ever mentioned that my "real" job is working for Michaels? Well I do. Anyway. I placed the glass around the rim. On the bottom I arranged some glass pebbles to look like a flower. And this was the result.

I also had a couple of mini bowls that I decided to add glass pebbles to the bottom of. These I really liked. There is a lot to be said for simplicity.

Well there they are. My first attempt. Not sure what I was so nervous about. I will keep on practicing this technique. The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A watched Pot

They say "A watched pot never boils" and I think this is very true. My kiln is still too hot to open so I can't check to see how my mud and glass bowl is coming out. Normally opening my kiln is like Christmas (especially with a glaze firing) but today I have more anticipation, speculation, excitement and even a little stress. LOL. Silly me. Like I said in my last post, I have been wanting to mix mud and glass in a piece. So this is really exciting for me. If it doesn't come out how I envision it that's ok. It's a starting point. I will figure out what went wrong and adjust things on my next try. Maybe that is the most exciting part. Learning from the mistakes and trying again.

Well maybe in a couple of more hours I will be able to open the kiln and see how it turned out. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mixing ceramics and glass

I was at an arts and crafts fair several years ago and saw a potter that incorporated glass into her pottery. I absolutely loved the look and have wanted to try it every since. Went to try it a couple of times and just chickened out. All the voices in my head were like "your gonna ruin a perfectly good bowl, you don't know what you are doing, just glaze it and get on with your life" UGH!! Well I finally told the voices in my head to "shut up". So yesterday I took a perfectly lovely bowl glazed it and added glass. It is now in my kiln and whatever happens....happens. I must say I am really excited.

Sometimes you just gotta do it. Don't question, don't look at all the possibilities of what could or could not work out. Just do it. And I did. Tomorrow I will open up my kiln and see what happens. Either way I will let you know and maybe even post a picture.

Have a great day.