Posted on

Thanksgiving 2014 – Long time no blog – catching up!

Been a long time between posts!   I’ll try not to do that again.

Was basically out of commission for  almost 2 years due to house fun, but I’ve been back working in the studio for several months now.

Big changes lately:

  • Acquired a new wheel – an electric Brent C.  My first electric – I’ve always used kickwheels in the past.  It’s a very different feel throwing under power.
  • Branched out a bit – took a class last fall in doing precious metal clay pieces.  This wonderful material starts out looking like clay and works like clay, but it is basically an organic clay-like binder with metal particles embedded in it.  You work it like regular clay, and then fire it to remove the binder.   Depending on the metal, you may have to fire it again and sinter the metal to join all the particles together, or some can be fired once to do both the binder burnoff and sintering.   It really produces some nice detailed pieces – I’ve been doing a number of pendants and some earrings.
  • I also got a slab roller (a small one) – this is going to be handy to do hand-built works like my hexagonal bowls and some other fun things I have planned.   Now all I have to do is make the time to get out into the garage and make them!

Here’s some pictures of recent work – I’ll try to put up a more detailed album shortly ..

First, two shots of the last batch of pendants I made – using PMC Sterling and PMC3 mixed to make .960 silver.  They’re reversable, so have two patterns on them.  I’ve also put the three surviving copper pendants in the pictures – click through for the full size.

Pendants - Front .960 and copper pendants







Now for a couple of yarn bowls – one in firebrick red and one in fog.  The lighting isn’t optimal, so the fog looks yellower than it really is – it’s more of a cream color.

Firebrick Yarn Bowl Fog Yarn Bowl







And a batch of cups I’ve made lately.  The interiors are all Fog, with about a 1/2 inch of fog on the outside, then firebrick red, textured turquoise and rutile blue respectively:

Firebrick Red Cup Firebrick Red Cup Rutile Blue Cup Rutile Blue Cup

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *