Monday, September 27, 2010

In the Kiln ...

Today I have a variety of beads in the kiln, from whistles to a pendant, to textured beads with underglazes and overglazes. I'm excited to see how they turn out (if they turn out) the way I want them to.  The beads on the left are what came out of the kiln this morning. I am going to try to have something to showcase every day this week. 

This particular bead is a new design of mine. I have long been fascinated with silver beads and the many textural designs silver artists engineer.  I've been toying with the idea of attaching PMS clay to my ceramic clay but so far I have not.

I've been doing a lot of adding sprigs to beads lately, and I got to thinking about bead caps.  I've been thinking about pods, especially since its the fall and they seem to be everywhere.  I thought, "What would a pod look like if a pod had a bead cap?"  So this is what I came up with. Interesting?  I hope so!  I really liked making these and hope to make more.

Next time I will experiment with some underglazes. I'd like to find out what it will do in the recesses.   However, I have to get glazing for the load to put into tomorrow morning.  I'll try and remember to take a picture of the batch before they come out of the kiln. This morning I was so excited to see how these turned out, I completely forgot until the kiln was completely unloaded. I was ooohing and aahing, cooing and rolling them around in my hands. Suddenly I remembered, "OOPS!"

Tomorrow will be better.  Tomorrow is ALWAYS better!


  1. Ooooo...I want those!

    they are luscious! I've been place on a buying fast :( a directive from the Holy Spirit...obedience is tough.

    but oh I love those, maybe if I make more, I'll sell more and my fast will be lifted. ya think?

  2. Thanks!!!!

    I know exactly how you feel!!!! I am on a "I'm not creating any more beads until I get the ones I have glazed and fired." But it is SO hard!