How silly is this bird fountain vase?
I started with a bowl I messed up on. It was crooked and wavy on one side. There was not much I could do to fix it, so I did the opposite, I went with it. Five tiers later you’d almost think I meant for it to be wavy and crooked. Makin’ lemonade baby… With all of these bird paintings, a little bird crept into the piece too!
Next is a very large bowl. It has a doily impression in it. I experimented with glazes. Starting in the center is a brick-red glaze, followed by a rusty orange, next, straw yellow, then bright sun yellow, followed by a medium green. My hope is that they all bleed into each other nicely. The rainbow from red to green. I also included a bunch of glass in the bottom. It will melt in the kiln and hopefully create a sparkly surprise in the center….or go horribly wrong….there is always that! Glazes are tough, you come up with a theory and a formula in your head, but it seldom does what you want it to! I’ll pray for a happy accident!
I also spent a lot of time glazing a bunch of stuff. My mother’s St. Patrick’s Day Birthday planter (really late BTW!), 4 bowls and a mug. One of the bowls here should be a bright yellow sunflower when all is done. The other bowls have the beautiful Pakistani wooden hand carved stamps in the centers and a random mug I painted in aqua and red. I should have lots of goodies to share next time!
I finished my pottery class with some paint on my happy couple. I named them Ida and Ernesto. I forgot I was going to make her cat-eyeglasses, I guess I will try to make them next time and epoxy them on?
So, I have a little bad news about Ernesto. I was painting the underside of his hat, thinking to myself, “I should really be working over a table” when… SPLAT. Ernesto’s head fell off and hit the ground. So this is the photo before the damage. I was able to put him back together, but his hat is a little wonky, one of his ears got smooshed and his nose is a little flatter. Poor Ernesto…we will be with you through sickness and in health! I’m just preparing you, he may look like he suffered a little bit of a stroke :)
I spent the whole session tying up loose ends. This means I can start a new project next time around…
Hmm…what to do, what to do!