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Holiday and festival time!

No matter who you are or what hemisphere you live in, almost everyone has something to celebrate at this time of year. The world over, the change of seasons signal major shifts celebrated many ways. May your festival and holiday season bring you the warmth of community and the joy of belonging.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays, by Marcus Quigmire via Wikimedia Commons; uploaded by Princess Mérida

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Ukrainian Pysanky: Beautiful, intricate wax resist Easter Eggs

 

    A mix of traditional Ukrainian, diasporan and original pysanky Easter eggs. Ukrainian pysanky, made with a beeswax resist method, depict fruit and flowers, geometric, animal, Christian, and solar motifs. Colors are also symbolic. Photo by Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Lubap, creator Luba Petrusha via Wikimedia Commons

A mix of traditional Ukrainian, diasporan and original pysanky Easter eggs. Ukrainian pysanky, made with a beeswax resist method, depict fruit and flowers, geometric, animal, Christian, and solar motifs. Colors are also symbolic. Photo by Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Lubap, creator Luba Petrusha via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Open Studio Report: 8/2

"Sheaf of Wheat," Tile Master, Shino glaze

It was a fine day…warm enough to prop open the studio door. Joan and Nan are on holiday, so Gary, Otto, Pauline, Sylvia and I enjoyed each other’s company. Soon the gals will return and Pauline and I will leave. (Pauline is going to Paris!) Mark and I will be picking up my Mom en route to Bigfork, Montana, where we will spend the last of our holiday time with my in-laws. During that two-week period, I will be blogging about ceramics action in Big Sky country. Back to the studio, though. I am happy today because my “Sheaf of Wheat” tile is finally finished. After the tile was bisqued, I coated it with white underglaze, then poured Shino over it. It looks like wheat on a bright summer day! Same treatment on a “Trees” tile, which made it look like High Summer. I have molded “Wheat” and will be making thicker and thinner versions of it. Next time, I am going to write on the sides. Poetry, separate words, or prose. Cursive writing …maybe something about the goddess Ceres/Demeter. I see red wheat and a soft, spring green version, too.

Israeli wheat field. Source: Wikimedia Commons

What else did I do today? Think, think. I continued experimenting with the tube-lining or cuenca technique. Over the weekend, I made the outline of a Dard Hunter rose with terracotta slip on a 4×4 white clay tile.  Made the slip and used an old agave squeeze bottle. The slip was thick enough but the bottle was hard on my hands. Today, I experimented on a 6×6 white tile. Pauline showed me how to darken black slip with black underglaze,

"High Summer," Shino glaze over white underglaze

then thicken it with a few grains of epsom salts. Worked like a charm! Using a smaller squeeze bottle, I was soon making an outline that I will eventually fill with glaze and glass. I’m aiming for a stained glass effect. Once I have it down, I’ll experiment with Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts motifs. I can thicken any slip this way, but I want to stick tube-line with black at first. A chocolate-brown would be nice, too. It is painstaking work and Otto kept saying, breathe, breathe! Sure enough, I was holding my breath while concentrating. Steady hand… Since I won’t be back in the studio for almost three weeks, I tidied up in the damp room. I will have my work cut out for me when I get back, with many things to bisque and glaze. By 12:30 p.m., we were seated on the terrace of a nearby restaurant and we dined in the warm summer air; it was lovely. I noticed that almost all the snow has melted off the mountains beyond the North Shore. There was a nice breeze and trees framed the second-floor terrace. Ah, summer….

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Holiday time in N. America! Canada Day & the 4th of July

Happy Canada Day!

Happy 4th of July!

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