Tag Archives: leaf

Ark of the Covenant

20 Nov

I’ve just completed an Ark of the Covenant replica for a friend’s church. I built a box and lid, then carved all of the side panels and ornaments by hand out of poplar and basswood before covering with gold leaf. It’s been an epic spiritual journey for me, unfolding in the arena of arts and crafts. Now, it’s finished.

 

Busy Busy Busy

13 Jul

I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been making stuff. Today was a second firing of a second batch of leaf trays. The incremental improvement continues. This time the glaze is a little better chosen and applied, the plates are a little smoother. Next time, I’ll ask people what they want, and start focusing on usable designs and sizes. I think people are going to want bigger plates than I’ve been making.

Art Deco Face

13 Jul

My art deco face finished its second firing. I painted it black and put a deep green glaze on it. Very happy, except one of the swans’ beaks chipped off in handling. I can use art restoration tech to fix it so nobody will ever know.

 

Inventory

4 Jul

I tossed up some shelves to verticalize my inventory. Some day, I want to have one of those ladders on rollers like you see in old libraries. Gotta make more stuff first.

Big Kiln Day Tomorrow

2 Jul

Tomorrow’s a first-firing kiln day. So I’ve been furiously sanding, scraping and buffing frog trays and leaf plates. It’s my second go at the leaf plates, so the technique feels a little smoother, less experimental, more confident, and fixed– except my frogs … the more I make, the worse they seem to get.

Back from Kiln

18 Jun

I brought a lot of stuff back from the kiln on Wednesday, which will give me some inventory at my shop, smillie.ocnk.net. I’m spending most of my clay time shopkeeping, but once it’s up and running, adding new things will be a simple matter.

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Kiln Day Sunday

4 Jun

I’ve spent a week tweaking, refining and adding detail to a lot of dry items this week in preparation for putting them in the kiln Sunday. For example, I added eyes to some sun-moon pairs.

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Leaf Tray Production

27 May

My current mass-production project is leaf trays. I’ll peel the leaves off, or let them burn off in the kiln. The trick will be adding just enough color and/or glaze to set off the delicate leaf patterns without clobbering them.

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Leaf Trays

21 May

My ingenious new plan is to make little trays by pressing leaves into the clay. With the right color and glaze, they’ll look pretty sharp.

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