Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Not so mellow yellow

One of the most difficult colors to get in high fire is yellow.

A friend told me about this underglaze that actually comes out yellow in the glaze firing instead of disappearing.  So I'm going to try it on this altar. I haven't finished the underglaze yet, but I think I'll be able to get it into the last firing before class lets out for the holidays.

Then I can see if this brand actually works.  I certainly hope so, because it's expensive!  $12 for a teeny little container.  

I'll post the results when I get them.

Happy Thanksgiving all.  Hope you have a wonderful day, and no tummy ache after.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The last hurrah

This is the last bunch for Christmas gifts.

Two are from clothing fabrics that I have, one from a photo I took at DBG, and one because I love turtles.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A fantastic sale

The student sale was a huge success.  We had 19 participants, and made the most $$$ ever!!

Here are two of the "experienced" students.  Neal was our treasurer:  good job, Neal, and Toni displayed on one table and helped with set-up.

Bobbie's picture is below.  I think she had the most artfully arranged table.  She was also one of the top sellers. 

Next time we'd like to get more beginning students to participate as well.  All of the newer students who participated made sales, which doesn't hurt your ego at all, right?  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Success! and Surprise!

The two pencil classes I taught at Vision Kidz went exceptionally well.  Evidently I haven't totally forgotten how to do this, which is good.  Afterward went home, totally whipped, changed clothes and went to my daughter's house for a birthday dinner.  Little did I know it was a surprise party - for me!!!!!

Lots of family, friends, good food, laughs and tears.  What an amazing day.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

More sources for ideas

I'm always searching for ideas, especially when I have multiples on a project. If you look around your house, you'd be amazed at all of the themes available, just waiting to be explored.

This time I used a small flower on my new dishes as inspiration for another trivet tile.  This makes better use of the new red that I just got.  

Just one more to make, then I'm DONE!

Teaching a class next Saturday at Vision Gallery.  Pencil basics for kids.  Should be a lot of fun for all of us.  Until then I'm outta here!  Hubbie's taking me to Taos for my big birthday.  I'll come back with great pictures and even greater ideas for new work (I hope).  Hasta.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Latest kiln results

Hi there.  I've been working a lot on our new group project for the City of Chandler:  10 new benches in front of the Chandler Center for the Arts.  If you want to see what they're going to look like, go to
There's a selection called In Progress and it show drawings of what we're working on.   

I just got this bunch out of the kilns.  I'm trying a new red on my vases.  It's a little more tomato-ey than the last red.  Trying fewer combinations of colors too.  'So, like or not like?  

Also close to finishing my Christmas gift trivets.  Kiln firings are getting finite for this semester so I'm really pushing to get stuff in and done.