I tried some unconventional methods with this simple slab piece. I applied purple and orange underglaze to the ‘leatherhard’ piece then bisque-fired it. After the first firing I coated the piece in a cone 10 (high-fire) clear glaze and fired it to 2350 degrees fahrenheit in a reduction kiln.
So once I pulled it out of the reduction kiln the results were quite unexpected! Nothing like the purple and orange that went into the kiln, that’s for sure..
However, I much appreciate the worn, antique aesthetic that came to be. Again ceramics teaches me to find the beauty in the unexpected.
Tall Stripes 2002 by Marlaina
So, this is what you do with you plates when you are tired of washing dishes!
Hard water - Maurits van de Laar gallery / Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.
I truly enjoyed witnessing my son’s creative ideas that were inspired by this piece in making his father’s day gift.
What a fantastic idea. Alright, what must one do to get one of these? Guess I need land and lots of clay!
Ceramic domes by artist Laurie Spencer. They are built and fired on site. Toad Hall is 9.5 ft x 10 ft.
The Calyx Dome was built on the campus of Holland Hall, a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Laurie Spencer and Daniel Cajamarca. It is 18 ft. tall and took 10 tons of clay to build. It was fired over a 5 day period.
A calyx is the cup-like base which holds a flower. The form of the Calyx includes both the cup form and the sepals or green petal forms below the flower. The top of the Calyx Dome is an inverted calyx shape. The calyx is often the area of the flower where seeds form and develop. The Calyx Dome is symbolic of the safe place where growth and change can occur.
Aren’t they magical? Go to her site to see more.
My neighbor has a Shiba Inu that I just kept for a week and I have fallen in love with that dog! So, when I found this picture I had to share!
Now I want to make some ceramic Shibas. My 7 yr old daughter can’t wait for this project.
As I compose this post the conscious realization that I have been pursuing my passion for ceramics for 11 years occurred. I have always been partial to my interpretation of a caterpillar for a ‘personality’ jars assignment.
Even though my skills as a first-time wheel thrower were limiting, I wanted to create multiple ripple curves as one would find in nature. Such as a caterpillar; how the caterpillar moves is what captures its personality. Now, I’ll be the first to admit it’s a bit heavy but quite an achievement for my first-ever clay class.
Caterpillar Jar 2001 by Marlaina
The ceramics photo shoot on my patio.
For the low cost of two sheets, and about three dollars worth of whiteboard from your favorite neighborhood hardware store, you too can have the lighting you need!… if the sun cooperates… and the wind isn’t too strong… and the dog doesn’t knock over your chair… When you don’t have a gallery, and are a starving artist, you bring the gallery to you!
One of my little gems from a successful Raku firing. The contrast of the atmospheric outside and metallic inside create an engaging aesthetic for this simple pinch pot.
Cosmic Raku Bowl 2008 by Marlaina
My intent behind this piece was to create a functional bowl that reflects the grit in its intended use through its form and aesthetics. Using the crackle glaze allows the piece to appear rugged and withstanding to the pressures of life. This bowl is not afraid to be heavily used, no matter what grimy dirty clutter is involved.
This piece also proves the point that ambiguity allows many different view points. Each angle takes on a whole new identity. I told my photographer to attempt to capture the personality or character of each piece. After reviewing all of the shots taken, he pointed out to me that the profile in the lead photo takes on the appearance of lips with smoke curling out of them. After 8 years I had never seen this captured perspective and I love it. Funny how it took all those years for this bowl to find its name.
Smokin’ Man Bowl 2004 by Marlaina
This is one of my favorite bowls and I use it daily. The glimpse of color just inside the lip lures you to look inside while the lightly glazed more natural outside tempts your hands to hold it, as all good bowls do!
Glimpse Bowl 2008 by Marlaina