Wednesday, February 09, 2011
To celebrate my forced time indoors, I am working on taking beady pictures. These are from the same batch as I've showcased in recent blog articles. The body is a porcelain clay and the sprigs are a brown stoneware clay. They sprigs have been pierced with a needle tool (a sock size knitting needle to be precise). The beads were fired and a black underglaze was applied with a brush and then sponged off. The entire bead was glazed with Victorian Red from Mayco and fired again.
I am still working to figure a solution. The easy solution is to not to make any more of the green beads and try a different color such as transparent blue, but I really like this transparent green so I keep trying.
I was having much the same problem with the red beads, too, so eventually if I keep working on this, I hope to figure it out. Too bad the solution for the red beads would work on the green beads, but it does not. The solution for the red beads was to move the 'natural sunlight' lights back a few inches. Perhaps I need to move the light back even further for the green beads? We'll see ... I wonder if my camera is about to croak. Hmmmm ... I sure hope not!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I did not apply black underglaze to these sprigs like I did most of the others. At first I was not sure I liked this effect but I have come to like it, especially because it does bounce the light in the manner it does. Using a certain color of clay body to achieve a certain color effect reminds me of painting with watercolors.
Before I was into pottery, painting was my thing and I painted in watercolors. Someday I plan to include a small 'gallery' of my paintings on my website. Someday ... there's that word ... but really, someday. Maybe soon. Next year? We'll see.
Back then I had a large palate of watercolors and took my time working through a book by Nita Leland titled "Exploring Color". There are 88 exercises in the book and it took me a long time because I kept going back and trying different palette combinations. If you are an artist and you love color, I highly recommend this book. Not only is it a ton OH fun, you will never forget what you've learned.