Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lynn Landor at Berkeley Potters Guild

These cups were in the Berkeley Potters Guild Gallery...
Still life against the studio back wall...
Lidded cups...
From a box of tiny face cups...
Speckled bird lid...
Face cup and patterned cup...
Still life...
Sculptures...







Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Visit to Sarah Gregory's Studio (Part 2)

Incredibly detailed rosebuds...
Chartreuse fades to yellow...
Love the subtle transition from orange to red orange...
Display case at the foot of the stairs...
Lucky charms at the entrance to the studio...
Vase templates, arranged by size...
More hand-cut mats used to make porcelain tiles...
A custom pvc pipe rolling pin...
Works in progress...
Templates and the work area...
Sarah shows us where she does her glazing...

The Talented Ms. Gregory (Part One)

Underglazes when layered on different colored backgrounds...
Today, I attended an amazing class at Leslie Ceramics taught by Sarah Gregory. It was mind-bending. First, we learned a lot about color, and about the effect underglazes have when layered on a ceramic form. Then, Sarah taught us how her signature split fountain effect is created on the backgrounds of her pieces. We were each given a fanned brush, and allowed to experiment on test tiles, and on shards of Sarah's porcelain. I learn by doing, and so after much practice, I managed to create a simple range from Cancun Blue to Chartreuse after several layers. The underglaze is watered down, and glycerin is added to retard the drying process.

Then, Sarah provided us with fine metal-tipped squeeze bottles, loaded with a mixture of wax and black underglaze. She demonstrated and helped us to create illustrations on our work. The "pen" was tricky. It gave me all new appreciation for her complex imagery. My pen kept clogging, as I was pressing too heavily into the underglazed background. I had trouble finding the sweet spot of the pen. Another student mentioned that it reminded him of using a rapidograph pen. That caused me to tense up, thinking about my dark history with graphic design mechanicals! Afterwards, Sarah showed us how to fill in the black outlines with color, and then how to shade and highlight. She mentioned that she likes to add a bit of complementary color to the shadows of her flowers. And, she showed us a green fuchsia stem with a hint of red in the shading. It was an information packed day. And, then she took those of us who were interested, on a guided tour of her nearby studio...

Sarah begins creating a subtle split fountain color change...
One way to create the split fountain...
Test tile showing a range of yellow to orange...
More test tiles, including a clear glazed one...
Fantastic inspirational books...
Sarah starts illustrating from a sample flower...
She starts filling in the wax and black underglaze outlines...
Adding subtle complementary colored shadows, then highlights...
Amazing test tiles showing background changes...
A student's split fountain tile, from pink to blue...
Using fanned brushes and applicator bottles...
Gail draws a lovely bird...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Knick Knacks on the March

Wooden masks are heading off to the garage for a month...

It is time again to tear up my living room, in order to make room for Open Studios. The living room is one of my favorite rooms in my house. I've collected trinkets over the years, that all seem to go together, despite being completely unrelated. Many are souvenirs of trips taken in the past to Spain, Mexico, Italy, England, France, Peru, Ecuador, and Ireland.  And, there are souvenirs of the travels of other family members, as well. But, out it all must go for a month, in order to make room for my artwork.


This handsome lad is leaving his perch...

I will not be able to take your calls...

I'll miss my brother's childhood crayon box...

He's not just a Dia de Los Muertos decoration...

The typewriter collection will be stored...

As will my cherished family photos...

My tin Queen Mary cigar box will head out...

And, my black pumpkin container...

No more basket making for a while...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crazy, Busy Weekend

These are ready to be photographed, priced, and placed...
Wall pieces that need to be photographed and priced...
An entire classroom of faces just came out of the kiln...
They need to be wired...
All of the repairs that the kids tried, worked well...
Panels are painted, sanded, and waxed...
All of the living room bookcases are empty...
The panels will fit into the top of the case...
The living room books are now in the garage...