Part of my "Femlin" beer mug series. Throwing the mug is easy and fast enough to accomplish but the glazing is a bit time consuming.
I used a white earthenware clay body for the mug, pulled the handle on the form and bisque fired it to cone 05.
Next step was to apply a base coat of white majolica glaze to interior and exterior of the mug. Once that was dry I penciled the femlin on the form and painted the hair and clothing. A layer of liquid latex was applied and I carved through that for the fine lines. Next I painted a black gloss glaze into the lines, and painted the exterior of the form with the same glaze. The interior is the white majolica base glaze.
Glaze fired to cone 04.
I can't even remember when I threw this plate, but I finally finished it and I think it is my favorite out of the famous paintings series.
I had no idea how all the majolica glazes would interact with each other but it works for me.
I drew the image on a white base coat of majolica with a pencil and basically just started started painting.
Fired to cone 04 and sent to my mother for a Christmas gift.
I can't believe I haven't posted anything on my blog for such a long time. I guess it is because I have been working too much overtime and haven't had the chance to write anything or make any new pots.
I just received my new potter's stamp ("chop") from http://www.4clay.com/. I love it. I'll be using this on all my pots I make this year.
I just ordered up a bunch of new supplies for the studio so hopefully I'll start throwing again real soon. Some of the things I have planned are horse hair pots, saggar fired pots, and a lot of burnishing. Stay tuned.
Took my first clay classes at Bemidji State University in 1989. In 2002, after a long break, I started more pottery classes at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.
I do not have one area of interest, but that isn't to say I am unfocused. I enjoy making everything from coffee mugs to trompe l' oeil. I work with highfire stoneware, and low fire earthenware. I'm just clay crazy.