It’s definitely time to do a mop job & clean off tools job! LOL
Excitement continues as I work to renew the Cosmic Series. The first set of items were sent to the kiln to be bisqued (left photo) and came out ready to glaze (right photo).
Last night during class I went to start glazing – first coat of Starry Night (left photo), then a 1/4-1/2 dip in Coastal Blue (middle photo) and then a tiny dip in Cream (right photo).
What I realized is, after dipping 8 mugs into the Starry Night and then working to remove the glazing from the bottom and bottom rims, that I was moving too slowly! I finished 2 mugs in way more time than anticipated, and I had 14 more to do before class was over!
A fellow potter – and I.T. CEO by day – provided me the solution that prevented more gray hair from spontaneously bursting on the scene… she suggested that I WAX the bottoms so I didn’t have to spend a lot of time wiping the glaze from those areas! OF COURSE! She’s a genius and I am so glad she reminded me of that option. So instead of trying to glaze 16 pieces in a couple hours I happily finished up the 8 that I had started…
I then waxed the remaining 8 waxed pieces (left photo) and placed those on my then empty shelf (right photo).. it’s my new shelf as I had just re-upped at Clayscapes Pottery.
Excitement builds as I look forward to going to studio again to:
- see if the newest additions to my Cosmic Series came out of the kiln OK;
- glaze the remaining 8 pieces that have wax bottoms; and
- see if my lot for the upcoming WOOD FIRE were able to be bisqued! The next wood-firing is in 2 weeks (countdown begins!). Here is a picture of those pieces that couldn’t fit on the ready-to-be-bisqued shelves because there wasn’t any room on the shelves (and thanks to Master Potter & Instructor at Clayscapes, Millie Schmidt, she suggested I section a corner of the adjacent table and label as bisque pieces – thanks Millie!) I hope those that load the kiln will notice these hopeful pieces LOL
Here is a sample of the finished result:
First I want to share that I did attend the Iroquois Museum Art & Craft Fair – my 1st official show – and I had an incredible time and enjoyed the experience from start to finish. Now it’s time to get back to the Potter’s Wheel to create more of what I love to create – a series I call my “Cosmic Series”.
INSPIRATION came big recently from space.com who just posted an article that showed a MUSE spectrograph from the European Southern Observatory (ESO)… and the image is sooooo awesome! Here is the image:
My Cosmic Series
My Cosmic series of pottery is pure joy to create because to me, the glazes result in a look that remind me of our universe, or perhaps even another universe.. who’s to say 😀
In my Cosmic Series Pottery I can see/sense life in the cosmos with the blues, blacks and whites dynamically playing/interacting in the field of creation, even creating patterns in the ‘space gas’
Here’s an example, can you see past the asteroid belt?
Tonight I head to the Clayscapes Pottery Studio & class to glaze my bisqued pieces – – – I wish you could join me as it’s great fun and lovely energy there. Maybe I can take some studio photos tonight to show you the where the fun is.
Exploration of Twitter Space!
Yes I reached out through Twitter space to Neil deGrasse Tyson to get his take on using a spiral as a symbol of a Universe
would you agree that a “Universe” can be symbolized as a Spiral? https://t.co/YNEKfvhM0H
I have handmade ONE universe, a SUBTLE universe, and Multi-verse mugs. It’d be cool to get your view!
— Oneida Shark (@OneidaShark) August 22, 2018
I haven’t heard back from him yet….
I’m old yet my heart still fills with wonder as often as possible.
I feel young although when I sense all that I’ve been through, all the situations and experiences as opportunities, i find it all to be amazing. For that and many many things, I am grateful.
This leads me to share that I am excited to be on my road at this time with inspiration and opportunity to create moments in clay, in sculpture and/or on the Potter’s Wheel, meaningful moments of my heritage and ethnicity. I am Native American. I hope to heal ethnic traumas with the resonation and ripples of love.
More than 3 concepts hit my cerebellum when I saw this graphic, maybe you hit on these as well.. and maybe more (please feel free to share). Here’s the flow of information:
- Vivid green bowl.. cute! And is that a tree branch, in gold inlay? Wow! And then I read on…
- Oh History! of a piece of Japan’s culture, and their use of gold on broken pieces. That’s cool to know, now I can look with updated eyes upon pottery once ‘broken’.
- Ahh! the beauty is enriched with an updated history or story. Exactly and so well illustrated! Each of my handmade pottery pieces has a story – and sometimes when pieces don’t come out ‘as expected’ or ‘as hoped’.. it IS with updated eyes and updated heart that I see the pieces with their own unique & expanded beauty – and for this I am grateful, I am humbled, and I rejoin this marvelous mystery existence of life, love & creativity again. When was the last time you reached this awareness? Remember back… and consider illustrating the lesson learned, the message conveyed, and the spiritual growth you exercised via a graphic. What image would you use, what words would you add? Will you post on your social media too?
Celebrate the steps!
I’m considering participating in an upcoming event, the Iroquois Festival at the Iroquois Indian Museum in New York. Being a newbie for selling my pottery I am also a newbie for adorning and embellishing my pottery with native design. My vases have a cultural flair, more so than my mugs. But it’s the experience of the steps, the process, that is really most intriguing for me.
From start to finish, I am thoroughly allowing me to experience the experience. From the perspective of my heart, through the eyes of love, with the gratitude of creation and my pottery creations, I know I will marvel at the whole experience… I wish to celebrate the steps!
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