Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh hey, it's pottery!

Alright, we're switching things up.

A couple of years ago (or whenever, too lazy to check) I mentioned some changes around here. Unfortunately I was still too far down an injury hole to climb out and turn this space into something that I wanted to maintain and just sort of let it sit on the backburner while I was miserable and in pain all the time. These days I'm about six months out of surgery and starting to feel more like my normal self after several years of not, and I actually feel like updating and connecting with you all again. 

So um... can I talk about my ceramics obsession? I took lessons when I was wee, but recently picked things up again in the last few years since it was reasonably easy to do with my injury. (Not after surgery, but I'm getting there again!).

I'm still super subpar on the wheel (and handbuilding...) but I started this blog when I was learning to bake, and now I want to share my ceramics journey alongside the food. I'll eventually be blogging about other home-related things to as I piece my life back together.

Onwards and upwards.

I actually made these mugs about a year ago, and they're still some of my favourites. The moody slip on the medium and big one remind me of the mountains, forests and oceans over here on the west coast and all three work for coffee or soup or tea or whatever you're sipping on.

So how did I make them? Um, painstakingly and probably all wrong, but here they are fresh off the wheel. These mugs remain one of the few projects I did without really needing to trim a whole lot. When I've figured out how I did that I will be sure to let you know.

I let them dry to leatherhard and then painted them with swirly slip while they spun (SO SLOWLY) on the wheel. The studio I take lessons at fires to cone 10 reduction which, while so lovely, can be a bitch to get bright colours out of, so I figured soft sweeping layers would be my best bet.

The two large ones were glazed with Bamboo and the little guy got a quick coat of oatmeal. Want more pictures of the final product? You can see them over on my Instagram or on Pinterest!


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