Fired cups and bowls

Was going to have a market stall at the Kinglake produce and artisan market today, but not that happy with these cups and bowls. But instead of doing the market worked on some plates I have been making and have worked out how to apply the underglazes so that they look more like watery watercolours, yeh! Not just drippy watercolours.

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summer heat

I have been drawing lots of designs for my pots over the last few days as my studio is way too hot to go into at the moment. We are in a heat wave and it is currently 40 degrees at 5:00pm! I have a kiln packed and ready to go but because of the heat I cannot safely fire it to 1300 degrees, especially because I share my studio with quite a few hay bales.. So drawing pots is all I can do. I look at the mountain ash gum trees which are on our property for inspiration. These are around our dam, and were spared in the Black Saturday fires in 2009. Basically there isn’t much you can do on days like this but watch the CFA site for fires where we live. The joys of country and mountain living!

Bowls and studio shot

Bowls ready for bisquestudio wtih cups

These are some of the first bowls I have thrown for years, and now they are waiting for the rest of the bisque to be loaded. I am trying to get a watercolour type effect with the green-blue colour. I usually make things that are sculptural and don’t really have a use, but have decided to try to make some functional things as they seem to sell easier, strange…. I have also attempted some cups and small beakers? Not sure about the handles I made, but considering I only made one set of cups during my ceramic art degree 20 years ago with hand squashed handles, I am pretty happy with these.