Sunday, April 28, 2013

More technical difficulties

Well, the glaze crawled like CRAZY on the over-fired puffers. But considering they're fugu pufferfish, they actually look just about right. They will have to do.

My first boxfish looks fantastic! But where's its lid? It's badly chipped: I believe it got dropped. I dabbed more glaze on it and I'm attempting a re-fire. These are the hazards of working at a community arts center.

Hope springs eternal: I started another boxfish this morning.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two more boxfish (in progress)

The little guy on the left reminds me of a golf ball. I think I'll call him "Putt-Putt."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Technical difficulties

 My poor pufferfish! There was a kiln mishap, and they were over fired (to glaze temperature instead of bisque temperature). The clay is no longer porous, which makes them difficult to glaze: it wants to just roll right off.

But I'm still going to try, with multiple thin coats and my hair dryer. Maybe I'll get lucky.

Fish tableware: Brain coral plate, Tetra bowl

(Three views of the same bowl)

Planter, Birdbath, and Birdhouse

A few stragglers for "The Clay Garden" (opens May 3 at BayArts)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Turretfish (in progress) and a Triggerfish plate

Another type of boxfish: a Turretfish.

I like the little spines around their eyes and underside.

From below...

...and from above. In cross-section, they're nearly triangular.

And here's another Triggerfish plate.