Tag Archives: earthenware

At the Farm Pond

3 Aug

I love these summer days.  Getting outside and enjoying some swimming, fishing, and floating on the water is especially nice when the humidity and temps are on the rise.  The best thing we did on our acreage was to add a farm pond.  We have had a lot of good times and building priceless memories when family and friends come to visit.  This is the inspiration for my handmade earthenware and glass sculpture, “At the Farm Pond”, 9 1/2″wide x 14″long x 4 1/2″high.

At the Farm Pond

Top view

Top view

close up view

close up view                                                                      

side view

side view 

Here is the pond I drew my inspiration from.  A little quieter at the pond today.

The farm pond

The farm pond

The Red Barn

The Red Barn

fishing fun

fishing fun

Lovebirds

12 Apr

Here is the finished artwork related to an earlier post on mold making for ceramic tiles.  This grouping of framed tiles is called “Lovebirds”.  I created two bird molds in reverse of each other and made another mold from a hand carved slab of clay for the center tile.  After the tiles were sufficiently dried, I fired them in an electric kiln to 1873 Degrees F.  Since I have molds to make duplicates, I will be creating similar tiles in different types of clay and glazing processes.  I am working on them now and will post those when I am finished.

Earthenware tiles mounted in wooden frame, ready to hang. 23 1/2" w x 12 1/2" h

Earthenware tiles mounted in wooden frame, ready to hang. 23 1/2″ w x 12 1/2″ h

Timeless

8 Apr

 

Occasionally, when I notice an estate sale sign in a yard, I will stop to see what is available.  While looking at the items for sale, I will invasion what the person was like based on their possessions now available to others.  At one such stop, I came upon this interesting box of clock parts.

box of clock parts©

I was not sure at the time what I would do with all the gears, face plates, and metal straps; but I couldn’t pass them up.  They reminded me of a time from the past; and, in this case, one person’s past.  When paying for the watch parts, the woman selling them asked that whatever I did create with the pieces of metal to bring it back to show her.  I felt these items were quite sentimental to her.

That has been well over a year now and I finally used a small portion of them in this ceramic sculpture.   With earthenware and black glaze and using a sqrafitto technique, I applied my take on patterns and design from the machine age of gears, belts and metals.   I wanted to create a piece that paid tribute to a time gone by and a tribute to one person’s machine age past, as well.

Earthenware and found objects

Timeless, earthenware and found objects, front view©

Timeless, top view

Timeless, top view©