Here’s a quick photo of some sort of finished (fired anyway) pendant prototypes:
I’ve been wearing them the last couple of weeks on different cords/chains, trying to figure out what works best. Can you tell which one I like the best?
I’ve been working on some pendants. They’re a little fussy for me…but I’m having fun so we’ll see how it goes. The first ones I made with leftover edges of layered/carved slabs I used for other things, but for this batch I made several small slabs with colors and textures with pendant production in mind. These are still greenware, so the end product will feature brighter colors and shiny surfaces ! (Bad lighting for the photo…sorry…) I’m trying out different sorts findings and cords to make the necklaces: silver tube bails, snake chain, ball chain, rubber & leather cords, beads for embellishment. Of course, the possibilities for acquiring more art supplies are endless..likely not a good thing ;->
I did that once a few years ago…made 100 teacups. They weren’t nearly so wonderful as these…but I did learn a lot from the exercise. I am so attracted to variations on a theme, all in a line. So satisfying.
Since I was traveling post-workshop and didn’t want to transport leather or bone dry greenware, I spent some of my time experimenting with layered slip techniques, and then wrapped the slabs in plastic for transport home to my studio. I then used some of my molds to make things when I got back to Florida. Here’s a composite shot of some pieces:
And a closeup of a rectangular plate:
Another technique we learned was for this type of textured, layered tile. I used one of Lana’s hand stamps to make this prototype:
It was bisque fired and then treated with underglaze that was brushed into the textures and wiped off the surface. Fun! I’m working on some imagery to use with this technique… Stay tuned 🙂
I’m in Asheville for a week on vacation, taking a workshop with Lana Wilson at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. Lana is a very dynamic teacher and we learned lots today. Above are a some examples of a layered slip decorating technique. Way fun.