Base of the piece

I love these bright glazes–I highly recommend them. The brand is called ‘Coyote’. This is the first place (Texas) I have seen them locally sold. I believe they can be bought online. Really dependable and predictable outcome. If you are interested in which specific glaze this is I will be happy to respond to any questions.

Base of the piece

next step

Now the surface of the pieces are coated with a black underglaze. It’s essentially a liquefied clay that also has oxides and mason stains included to give the dark hue. I buy everything commercially through my local clay store.

next step

See you tomorrow my pretties!  This is the kiln at the end stages of the firing process.

I take the pieces to a temperature of about 2200 degrees F. Usually for the final firing it can take anywhere from 7-9 hours until completion. My kiln is an oldie but a goody, this means that I have to manually turn up knobs (three in total) every thirty minutes. One day I will have a computerized kiln…one day. I’m so grateful to call have one all my own—feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. Tomorrow in the afternoon I will be able to open the lid. Usually after a glaze firing (this might just be me) there will be at least a couple pieces that I will have to glaze again and refire due to imperfections. Fingers crossed–just FYI the item coming out of the peep hole at the top of the kiln is a pyrometer to gauge the temp—and yes you can see me in the reflection of the kiln—and yes I do wear fluffy bright blue slippers to do my turn ups. My first selfie, I didn’t notice until I downloaded pics. Thanks for reading!

See you tomorrow my pretties! This is the kiln at the end stages of the firing process.

up coming show in Boise, Idaho

up coming show in Boise, Idaho

The show title is ‘small whimsy’  it will be opening on November 9th and on view until December 21st.  I submitted several pieces mostly wall hangings and one free standing sculpture.  I have never been in this space or seen the gallery, but from what I can gather from the website—-the other artist being represented in this space are fantastic!!! There is a variety of mixed media work to intaglio, graphite and a lot of ceramic sculpture/utilitarian work.  I was pleasantly excited to see one of my dear friends in the clay world Patty Bilbro’s work resides here as well—check it out. 

current show ‘Conditions of Humans’

if art human conditions

current show ‘Conditions of Humans’

The work featured in this show is my most current  (made in San Antonio Texas).  I am really honored to be present in the If Art Gallery, Columbia South Carolina. —I have so much respect and admiration for Bob Trotman and David Yaghjian who are also a part of this exhibit.  Recently the gallery owner Wim Roefs expanded the space of his gallery in the historic Vista section of Columbia.  This gallery is truly a work of art in and of itself.