So far I have not gotten the right mix, either the clay is too dry or it is too wet. Too wet and the mugs lose their shape when stamping, too dry and the image does not make a complete design. Still working on it. Maybe the glaze stamp will work better.
My plan is start with two pages of full bleed photos. Continue on with a spread of scenery, one of animal, one of flowers, and then move on to the pottery section. Have two pages here on Web Design and a spread of videos and with a transition page into the Graphic Design section.
Starting strong with the photos and ending with the Graphic Design and logo section. I want to try and lay out the book so the photo section is seperated from the rest. Maybe with a flip of the book.
The beginning of the plan starts with placing all images into a mockup or layed out in the right order.
I am wrapping up the 40 Day pottery challenge. It was quite a feet. Spending everyday in the pottery studio. I did get a lot accomplished, over 50 new pieces made. I did not get them all glazed, however I do have a sizeable amount to keep company busy when visiting this year.
It never fails that guests show up wanting to paint pottery and have it ready to go home with them in a few days.
As you now know, it takes at least two weeks to make, dry, bisque, glazed and fire. And that is if everything goes as planned. So it’s nice to have a bit on hand for those suprise visitors.
Sometimes you just have to keep working on a piece until you get a desired shape.
Today it was all about throwing a big vase. How tall can I go with one piece of clay. Yes you can add onto a piece and make it taller. But how far can you take one piece, in one setting.
Picture of the finished glazed piece. A textured plate with a horse embossed in the center. It’s a pretty good sized platter. Well suited for serving cake and cookies on. Ok it would do just a well with crackers and cheese, or a nice fruit plate.
The ends of the plate as you can see, curled a bit in the drying process.
Not quite the flat plate I started out to get. It justs adds to the character of the piece.
I do have to admit, I did not spend all day in the pottery. We glazed up a few so we can fire the klin again and I baked a cake. Have you ever heard of Herman. Well he is a sour dough starter that you keep in the refrigerator growing. You feed him every five days, and you use him to make wonderful cakes, breads and cookies. Today we made cake.
As my 40 days of pottery is coming to an end. We are busy firing up all that has been made and glazing them. We will not get them all glazed and posted before the end. However you can see that we were pretty busy and have accomplished quite a bit in the 40 days.
Today I rolled out a few slabs and tried my hand at making birdhouses.
You can tell I have spring fever already. Thinking bird houses and planting the garden. My garden has a look of pottery also. All the pieces that don’t turn out or are not good enough to use in the house, decorates the yard and the garden. Using un-glazed pottery to plant small flowers or herbs around is quite useful. The pottery soaks up and holds the water, letting the plants have access to it slowly.
Today was another good day, started out with a good workout this morning. Then home to play in the pottery studio. Missing my Granddaughter already. Put her on a plane home to Kentucky. Was nice having her around for awhile.
Threw a cake plate today. Started out with 5 pounds of clay, so it ended up pretty good size.
My girlfriend Mimi came over and tried her hand at glazing a few pieces of pottery. She is pretty anxious to see how they turn out.
Today my granddaughter Destiny came over and helped glaze up some pottery. She needed to finish some of hers, and get them packed up to take back to Kentucky with her.
Of course just glazing a few does not work, we needed to spend the entire day glazing enough to fill the kiln. It takes quite a bit of electricity to fire, so you don’t want to waste it. About 24 hours from start to finish.