Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Domestic Goddess Day!

I got my new sheets today and I cleaned the whole bedroom and beyond getting ready for them! I got a great deal online at Herberger's.  I have a soft spot for Herberger's  , They had a department store in Albert Lea, when I was a kid, and we got everything there.  Now I check their website when I need things and I find some great deals exclusively online.
My daughter and I were talking about how it's uplifting to give your room a cheap facelift, and add that fresh line dried sheet smell and a clean room and it doesn't get much better.  And for sure the cleaning binge is going to go on and spread to the rest of the house.   It must be spring!!
This is a good way to stay busy while I wait for the kiln to cool. The firing went well on Monday. We got done about 11pm.  I can't wait to see the new projects Paul is working on.
I will post pictures tomorrow.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New work, with colors galore!

This is my first paisley plate.  I started doing these just for fun, and now  am making myself a set, still just for fun, and just for me!  This one required an extra bisque firing because I used wax resist on the bisque along with some underglazes.  Then I layered more underglazes, glazed with clear, and fired to cone 6 oxidation.  I work on one at a time, in between my regular studio duties, and I just get hypnotized adding details. On  a sandwich plate today, I let myself get carried away with the resist, layering many colors , can't wait to  fire it, and  layer on some more!
   Okay! So blogger was working on some issues yesterday , and I lost part of this post. I added the works in progress to show the process.  The slab piece shows the first layer of wax resist, and some areas that I put yellow under glaze.  My next step will be to wax wherever I want to keep the yellow, and then add my next color which will be just a bit darker than the first.  Adding layers can go on indefinitely, as I will be painting smaller details within the pattern, after these are bisqued to remove the wax.