September 27, 2023


Trailblazing shopping quality



This is my 1st time collaborating in an Art Elements Site Hop.  I was intrigued by the theme of foliage due to the fact that has been my concept for most of the a long time I have been earning ceramic beads.  I usually make a mildew from plants and use it as the foundation for pendants, toggle clasps and cabochons.  I often hand paint on the coloured glazes and virtually under no circumstances use underglazes. The photograph higher than is a sample of pendants in my typical way of building.

For some time I have been considering about other ways of producing leaves and bouquets.  I have a selection of dried leaves that have fallen off a rubber plant I have in the property. I really like their graceful stream and lyrical strains and form. 

                                    My dried lifeless leaves selection

 I decided I preferred to hand establish my leaves and bouquets. These leaves (pictured above) and some Victorian botanical drawings ended up my inspiration.  I confined my equipment to employing an orange wood cuticle adhere for makings the markings  on the leaves. My clay overall body was a white stoneware clay which I hearth to cone 5 (a bit above 2100 levels F.)  I began compact but as time went on my leaves received even larger and larger.

Hand designed ceramic leaves nonetheless damp.

A greater hand designed leaf

Bisque ware leaf  fired one time

Some hand built flowers in the foreground  fired the moment

When it came to glazing what I created I was a bit stymied at very first.  I determined to consider some underglazes which I you should not commonly like simply because they are so rigid.  But I preferred all these markings to display up by way of the other glazes I used.  So I tried using out a black and a blue.  I was not disappointed with the result.

A hand constructed flower surrounded by wild cone flower textured  beads.  The black underglaze arrived via properly I think.

a big hollow bead surrounded by 2 cabochons  Wild Grass texture  All over again I made use of the black underglaze -2 coats- and then wiped it off and additional coloured glazes to the wiped off spots.

           Here is a collection of the leaves and 1 hand created flower glazed

            And another watch of the leaves.

What am I going to do with all of these creations?  I prepare to use them in some of my absolutely free form peyote sew jewelry.  And some I have positioned in my Etsy shop.

This has been a terrific practical experience for me to be in this blog hop.
Thanks so significantly for stopping by. I hope you will visit all the other individuals in this site hop stated beneath.