Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chickadee Bowl

Wow, it would've been nice to make a whole chickadee and holly tableware set for Christmas. Maybe next year!

American Toad bowl

Three American Toads and one female Spring Azure butterfly. The flowers are bindweed, chicory, and yellow wood sorrel. I love our little hop-toads and lawn weeds. Miss you all, come back soon!

The test results are in

Here are a couple of glaze combinations, on white clay and on brown:

The mug on the left is white stoneware, the 2 on the right are brown. All three have Coyote Mocha Shino as their main outer glaze. The two mugs on the right seem slightly underfired - we've been having an issue with one of the kilns firing unevenly. Don't tell Joan, but the mug on the left is one of her Christmas presents.

Again, the mug on the left is white stoneware, the 2 on the right are brown. All three have Laguna Brilliant Sunburn and Laguna Green Tweed as their outer glazes. I like how the glaze turns aqua where the pink and green overlap. I may use this combination for our "Potter's Kitchen" show, and I'll definitely use white clay. I like the bright, clear color.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Telescope-eye goldfish

The Saturation Gold glaze didn't work out as I had planned - the idea was a mostly black fish with a little gold here and there (it's a black telescope-eye goldfish).

Wine chiller

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wine chiller

In progress... it's a birthday present for my Dad.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Everyone loves mugs

These were made with white clay - I plan to do some painting on them.

Finch plate and turtle bowl

House finch and goldfinch (both males)

Red-eared slider with goldfish

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Warbler Vase

Warbler vase, about 9 inches tall. Here's a pair of cerulean warblers...

and male and female scarlet tanagers (the female is buff yellow)

...and a pair of hooded warblers (the male has the black hood)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goldfish ornament prototype, continued

It took a few tries to get the face right, but I think I got it - the final prototype is in the front. I'm using oval cutters and a drawn template to keep sizes consistent. Overall weight is very light, and the ornament will hang from its dorsal fin. Eventually I'll add other types of fish to the line.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joan's flower platter

Pottery pal Joan made a flower in January that she didn't have a chance to glaze. She let me finish it for her - the petals are a combination of Coyote gunmetal green, Laguna desert yellow, and Laguna forest green (transparent). The center is Coyote mocha shino.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blue dahlia

I lost a couple of petals - "Amazing Goop" is my glue of choice because no clamping is necessary. You don't even need a precise fit.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Large flower bowl

This one turned out well! One out of three isn't bad...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Silly me -- I thought our Castille Blue glaze was transparent. So much for that flower bowl.

Monday, February 23, 2015


The bowl looks better in the photo than in person - I got the interior glaze too thick, so it's all milky.

Purple wallflower

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carnation (in progress)

Used my new heart-shaped cookie cutter for the petals