In this video, we review the glaze diagrams we create for each piece and then show samples of the glaze results. As ususal, some pieces did exactly what we had anticipated but others fell short - however, it is in reviewing these glaze diagrams that we are able to repeat results or learn what adjustments need to be made to achieve the desired results.
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As promised, here is the kiln opening for the Anniversary Series. We will do a follow-up video comparing the glaze instruction sheets to the finished pieces.
Let me know what you think - which one is your favorite and why.
Here is a video discussion of preparing for a glaze session
As I have said many times before, I am no longer making mugs but our life as a potters has come to a screeching halt since all of our art fairs have been cancelled through July. I am spending more time in the studio making smaller items and testing glazes however, I am throwing almost everything away that comes out of the kiln. Honestly, production has been very slow and as luck would have it our glazes have been misbehaving - not really sure what the actual culprit is yet. We are still working on the solution.
One of my friends (Mo Anderson) has been requesting a mug similar to what I used to make so many years ago and another crystalline artist friend (Holly McKeen) challenged me to explore the making of mugs using similar forms found in our larger pieces - interestingly enough, her suggestion takes me right back to the mug forms I was making so long ago.
So here they are - exploring a new and yet familiar form.
Let me know what you think.
What an honor to have been asked by a few people to make special pieces designed to celebrate anniversaries - from one year anniversaries all the way to 60 year anniversaries and many in between. With each project, we get to know a little about the couple celebrating their anniversary as well as the person or people giving the gift. With that knowledge, we weave in elements that create a story. I will show examples of pieces in the video and photos attached.
Keith and I will be celebrating our 35th anniversary June 13th, 2020 and in preparation for that anniversary we are making a limited series of what we are calling "Anniversary Pots". These are collaborative pieces: Keith makes the base of the piece and I make the top of the piece. Once the pieces are made, I fine tune the forms and assemble them and use 35 beads to mark where they were joined. The pieces are signed with both of our names and we will glaze them together as well.
Each of these pieces are 35 years in the making - when we first met, I am sure Keith would have never dreamed that one day, he would also be a potter and yet, here is his work and with each day, with each pot, he becomes more skilled and a very fine potter - couldn't be more proud of his progress. We are a team as potters and life partners - held together by the 35 years and our anniversary pieces are held together by 35 beads. The beads on each piece create a unique pattern and each of the pieces in the series are slightly different in form.
It is our hope that others who are also celebrating 35 years together, will find one of these pieces meaningful and add one of them to their pottery collection. We hope this piece will serve to honor the journey we all have taken to get to this place, each different and unique to the nature of the two who have traversed together.
If you would like us to design and create an anniversary piece to celebrate your next anniversary please contact us and let us know what you have in mind. We need at least a month to create this for you.
Call us at: 727-504-6200