Monday, April 26, 2010

In Between




white stone with black engobe; sgraffito; leather hard stage

In between arranging the new apartment, and packing the rented house, I also try to work from time to time. The gaps are bad for my technique skills, especially when I have been trying to work with porcelain. It all began because of the bad weather in the States; there was No shipping of materials for a long time, and therefore no B-mix clay, and no raw materials like fritt 3134, or flint for mixing new glazes. I looked for white soft clay, in order to be able to continue with my decorations, but the only clay I could get here was white porcelain, which was too much for my abilities.


porcelaine- a trial

It is probably a good time to use all the stock of clays I  have already had, and also to get back to the regular white clay, till mid June, when a new shipment of B-mix arrives.

Laguna buff clay with colored engobe plates

white stone clay; black engobe; sgraffito; leather hard stage



The firing went better than last time, almost no cloudiness on the transparent glaze, as I fired with quicker cooling according to Kitty's advice. these bowls are fairly large size; between 25 cm to 40 cm. diameter.


The largest bowl (40 cm) that needed dubble dipping because of it's size






13 comments:

Barbara said...

The bowls are so beautiful! and so intricate. What technique did you use to decorate the porcelain with the wonderful patterns that look like a wild tire traveled in and out of each bowl?

Kim Hines said...

I absolutely love everything you have pictured here! and those white bowls w/ the black 'tire treads' are wonderful. one of these day's i'm going to get my hands on one or your pieces!

Jesse Lu said...

I love your work so much! The designs on the porcelain bowls look neat, kinda like abstract-feather-rivers. The Laguna Buff actually looks nice with your surface technique, I like the stoneware with the tight design work you do and the colors. And your bowls are stunning as ever.

Here's a question, would you ever consider doing a studio tour or an artist profile on (Mud)Bucket? Let me know if you would because I would love to share your work and you! :)

Michele said...

I just found your blog and I love your work. Absolutely beautiful.

Linda Starr said...

Varda your work is spectacular I particularly like the Laguna Buff clay with the feather work. I too would love to have one of your pieces; I particularly like the first Laguna buff feather plate, are these a set or intended as individuals, either way they are wonderful as are the black and white bowl designs. You have given me an idea of making a set of plates with similar rims, but different interior designs, what a great concept and wonderful and intricate designs.

Linda Starr said...

Hi Varda, I nominated your feather plates for the Plate of the Day blog contest for the 400th post. I couldn't decide which one so I nominated them all, these latest plates are so beautiful. Where do you sell your work, I would love to have one of your feather plates.

nickandmiri said...

Maksim! The black engobe sgraffito bowls have so much depth to them. Lovely work.

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Kitty Shepherd said...

Plate a day girl! Congratulations on being plate number 400!

Miri said...

Mazal tov Varda! Well deserved. Your work is amazing.
Miri

Linden said...

Congratulations on your win - beautiful work!

Linda Starr said...

Congratulations, Varda, I am so happy you won, it is definitely well deserved. You have such a range of work and each one I find so intricate and well done.

Slo-one said...

how do you fire with quicker cooling? Just the opening or?

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