We are into week 3 of the garden pottery course. We are building pottery for the yard, which is great for me, since I have much more room in my yard than I do in my house for more pottery. It is also great since we are allowed to build items which are far bigger than we are usually allowed. Last year, I was pleased to make 2 large platters - see the one on student exhibit. The intention was to build birdbaths, but large platters for holding fruit on the counter was much more practical for me.
Anyhow, one of the items I have been working on for a couple of weeks now is this large outdoor lantern. It is about 25 pounds of clay :
The roof already had a bit of texture from the wood mold which it was pressed into, but I added a bit more texture to it, and hopefully the glaze will accentuate it rather than hide it. For many of my outdoor pieces, I will be trying out the Sombright Green glaze, which is not considered food safe, but has a very pleasant range from brown (where thin) to chartreuse/green (where thick) :
So I ended up with some extruded square pieces, which I wanted to do something with. I also ended up with a second roof, since I tried two different pitches, and wanted to see which one I liked better for my lantern structure. So I combined the extras, and got this funky windblown house :
dragon scale tool that I made myself, and the others are decorated with freeform somewhat wavy vertical lines. I'll need to think about what cut outs I want on the sides, but I may stick to simple windows. I'll see.
The fundraiser the other night was a resounding success, and we raised $250 by raffling off my 4 pottery items. The one which got the most interest was the vase with the maple leaf imprints. My sister really wanted to win that one also. So I decided I need to make at least one more like it. Today I trimmed one of the vases I threw last week in grey stoneware, and tonight I was pressing and poking to create this :
Another of my leaf imprint vases, featuring various types of ferns, was not only featured in a student exhibit, but is also published in the Spring / Summer 2016 Arts Program at Shadbolt Center for the Arts, in the "Ceramics - Adult" section :