Seaweed pinch pot

Seaweed pinch pot

Friday, 28 March 2014

Mugs, handles and a new favourite glaze

Playing around with mug and handle shapes recently - I'll be posting a few variants in the coming weeks as the others make it through glaze firing. I've been loving this glaze discovery that I made a few weeks ago - I'm calling it 'speckled olive green' (it looks pretty grey in these photos but it's a bit more green in real life). I love the rust-tinged break on the rim, and the way it blends into the buttermilk glaze on the interior where the two have overlapped. I made it using a slightly modified version of the Buttermilk recipe on Peter's Opopots blog site (which he based on one by John Britt I think) with the addition of a little 'bottle green' stain. (Not sure if this stain is still available... I scored this jar from someone clearing out their studio and it's quite old... hope I can source it!).

These mugs were made prior to me watching a segment of a Martha Grover video which showed her making a paper joining slip and using it for attachments on her very curvy altered porcelain pieces. Watching the way Martha works inspired me to try some more curvy, soft looking handles that look a bit squished onto the pot rather than coming straight out from it. I also made up her special slip recipe, which involves toilet paper and vinegar. Here is my first attempt at a handle post-Martha - not that soft yet, but a first step!  

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