Today was one of those days when I accomplished quite a bit, or so it felt. Of course, that feeling is a byproduct of the ceramics production cycle… When you have much to bisque or glaze, things are looking up! When pieces are drying and there’s not much action, I feel less productive, yet it’s all part of the cycle. Very soon, I’ll post photos! I had meant to take my camera in today, but I forgot…post-Thanksgiving trip mental fuzzies. So, no process-oriented pics yet, but will shoot finished pieces next week and get some process shots, then, too.
Christmas Decorations: I glazed the hand-stamped cut-outs I made, what, a month ago? My intention was to underglaze in bright colors, but expedience won the day because of the late date and I used glossy Red Chrome glaze. They are part of my favors for a Christmas Cookie Exchange party at my home this coming Sunday. Made with wooden German cookie molds, for me, the decorations are a lovely reminder of my childhood years in Deutschland and yummy Springerle cookies. (Pronounced “shpring’-er-lee”) Springerle dough is mild-flavored; the zing comes from impressing whole anise seeds on the undersides. When I was on Bowen Island this summer, I met a potter who used a Springerle rolling pin, which has designs carved into it, for relief on slab forms. Good idea…might try it with mine. Take a look at this pretty site to see what these cookies look like: The Springerle Baker. The section called ‘Original Molds’ features photos of some beautiful molds. Here’s a recipe for Springerle, too. Mine is slightly different, as I place the anise on the bottom, but I can’t find my recipe at the moment, so give you this one instead.
“Snowfall” tiles: Nine tiles ready to be bisqued! Made of Navajo Red terracotta, I’ll be using Green Oribe and Cottage White matte glazes on them.
“Northern Lights” tiles: Have four ready to fire, but am testing only one first, as I want to see how it turns out. I’ve used broad bands of Green Oribe over Red Chrome, which produces an aurora-like green with hints of red. Solid black over the rest of the tile tile. I adore the Northern Lights. When I have seen, they’ve always been a beautiful green…
Escutcheon Tiles: Am finally at the stage where I’m painting decorative leaves, vines and berries in pale burgundy and green underglazes, lightened with Cottage White glaze, which makes up the background. I may have been a little too tired to work on them tonight, though. I used a watercolor and Chinese calligraphy brush and it felt a little like what China painting must feel like. I am going to clean them up considerably before they’re fired and I just might drop by the studio to pick them up to work on them at home. That way, they’ll be ready before next Tuesday’s Open Studio. I’d like to go in tomorrow night, but it’s a packed week and I can’t add anything more to my schedule.
Seminar: Tomorrow, I head down to Small Business British Columbia, in downtown Vancouver to attend a seminar in ‘branding.’ As a former graphic designer (actually, it never leaves you…), I am very familiar with corporate identity projects, but, thus far, I’ve never gotten the hang of what branding is in its entirety, so I’m taking a class that will explain all. Small Biz BC’s seminars are excellent and I’ve gotten so much out of each one I’ve attended. Last week, I had to postpone a slew because I had a cold, but I will catch up with those seminars in Dec., Jan. and Feb. and it might be better anyway, because there is a hefty learning curve with each seminar. Best to space them apart, really.