Though I’ve been abysmal at making time for pottery (yes, it’s a New Year’s Resolution) there were a few more goodies to be pulled from the kiln last week.
These 2 yarn bowls are both done up in delicious shades of turquoise, chocolate and minty green and they’re only available at the Purple Purl here in Toronto.
Next year I’m making a point of setting aside more time for pottery – because there’s making beautiful things… and then there’s being able to be up to one’s elbows in mud and still be making beautiful things :)
This mug was inspired by my karate style; Goju Ryu.
Goju Ryu means ‘hard/soft style’ (the kanji on this mug says ‘soft’ – yes, there is another, complimentary mug coming, but the ‘go’ mug wouldn’t be fired in time for Christmas so I left it for the new year)
At my Nidan grading this summer, O’Sensei told me ’Be as hard as the world makes you, and as soft as the world allows you to be.’ That was the inspiration for this piece.
Here is the ‘Ju’ cup in the raw – the technique used for the texture is the same as these mugs. I use shellac to paint on my design, in this case the kanji, wait for the shellac to dry then gently rub away the clay with a damp sponge. The areas where the shellac have dried stay positive. The shellac itself burns away in the first kiln firing.
The rest of the texture was done by filling my hands with a very wet mixture of clay and water and smoothing it over the sides of the mug until I was happy with the results.
I think pottery is about as ‘ju’ as I get, so it seemed like an appropriate medium. Clay needs balance; if it’s too wet, too dry, too stressed or if you’ve been working it for too long – it won’t work out. You have to be patient & sensitive – but still know when to muscle the clay into place. If that’s not Goju then I don’t know what is ;)
This beauty came out of the kiln earlier this summer, but I haven’t been to the studio in a while to get it. I took the summer off but will be getting back in this September.
**Post Update** – I finally decided to try selling these babies on Etsy – click the Etsy link on the right to see what’s available!
For those of you who haven’t seen one yet – the bell holds a ball of yarn and keeps it turning smoothly as you work. They are being sold at the Purple Purl here in Toronto and knitters/crocheters love them :) This bell uses the same technique as my swirly mugs from last spring, which is how I achieve the relief in the design.
I also finished up what will be, for now, my last of the froggie bowls. I’d like to start exploring new avenues of design so I will only produce these on request.
The froggie was a good companion to folks needing to ‘rip it’ back, but we’re definitely due for some fresh design :) Anyone looking to purchase a yarn bell or bowl can visit the Purple Purl or email me email@example.com
Published June 2, 2011
Tags: ceramics, Crochet, slippers
Quickie post today – I just finished a cute pair of crocheted Mary Janes in a beautiful robins egg blue – complete with cute little hand made ceramic buttons. I whipped off the buttons while bored in the ceramic studio a few months ago and I’m happy I finally got to use them for something!
About a month before the 2011 Knitters Frolic I went into the studio and threw 12 yarn bowls for the Purple Purl’s booth. Though the Frolic is over (and the bowls did extremely well!) I wanted to share a few pics of them here.
My beauties – fresh off the wheel. This is when they’re the most beautiful to me.
And the final bowls being presented to Jenn and Miko at the Purl.
I tried out some different glaze combos
As well as some traditional favourites.
And these ones were my favourites!