Friday, November 4, 2011


I have really been doing a lot of work, and a lot of new work. But you wouldn't know it from my lack of blogging.
In addition to pottery, one of my newer projects was to start an Etsy shop. You can see it here (and I hope you will):
It has been quite a learning experience as so much of it appears to be a combination of patience and networking. Both of which are rather difficult.

Here are my new style of bowls, bright colors and hand carved design.
Wild bright colors. These are some of the pottery I had on display during the months of August and September with members of the PWA at the Waiwai Canyon Winery. The title of our show was "Wine, Women and Song."

This bowl is sold. I wish I had more photos of it, but I got it out of the kiln just in time to do a very quick photo session, then pack it for the show.

They made a nice set of nesting bowls.

The glazes and carving on this remind me of a pond during winter, partially frozen over.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Traditional maiolica jars

Although I have been throwing pots, always, always. Quite a bit of my work recently has been painting designs on pottery surfaces, both with underglazes and with maiolica (over) glazes.
The following pictures are my most recent maiolica jars. The style of jar is either refered to as a "drug" jar, "apothocary" jar, or "abaraello". They were traditionally used to hold medicines and herbal mixtures. They were covered by use of a waxed parchment, tied on with waxed linen thread. These will be covered by a waxed piece of linen fabric tied on with waxed linen thread. Works just like seran wrap, only re-useable!

This is the "before" picture.

After they have been fired.

These were made for Master Eduardo/David Waldon. He is creating a period Italian Renaissance Kitchen and these jars will hold foods. "Strutto" means pig fat, the smaller jar's function is undecided at this time. They are both glazed with low-fire maiolica glazes. The base white glaze is a glaze I mixed to be similar to low-fire traditional maiolica but without use of lead. I would like to find more low-fire maiolica bases as I had a bit of difficulty with pinholing, although I took the precautions advised to eliminate pinholing.