Vintage Cottage Dinnerware

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This is my Vintage Cottage Collection

It’s handmade…one piece at a time. Each piece is slightly different, making each one unique and different. I go into more detail in this post…

http://ravenhillpottery.com/2014/07/06/vintage-cottage/

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The top plate was glazed in…Deep Sienna Speckle by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Sienna Speckle

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This one was glazed in…Deep Olive Speckle by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Galze Deep Olive Speckle

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This one was glazed in…Deep Firebrick by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Firebrick

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And these are the plates that were purchased for the Tropical Smoothie Cafes…photo shoot. You can read more about it here…

http://ravenhillpottery.com/2015/04/23/tropical-breeze/

There’s so many other glazes…I want to try. I guess I’ll have to make lots of little plates and do some glaze testing.

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted

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Work in progress!

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I haven’t decided what to do with this design…yet!

When I started making these plates, I put the design on the bottom…because I wanted a smooth clean surface on the top of the plate, for food. But now, I think I might put the design on the top as well. People can choose which one they like better, or they can mix and match. For example…a dinner plate with the design on the bottom, side plate with the design on the top, and bread and butter plate with the design on the bottom, or the other way around. A dinner plate with the design on the top, side plate plain and bread and butter plate with the design on the top. I think that would be cute!

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I’m not sure what colors I’ll glaze them in yet…either?

I’ll have to make a bunch of little plates and do some glaze testing to see how they come out, especially with the plates that have the design on the top. I’ll have to use a transparent glaze or at least a glaze that works well with texture.

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I really like this design.

I’m not sure what to call it though? I was thinking about calling it Cobblestone, but I’m not sure? What do you think I should call them?

Olive

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This glaze is called…Deep Olive Speckle

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It’s another great glaze by Potters Choice. It’s easy to use, brushes on nicely and is very consistent. I haven’t had any problems with it…at all! And it’s fantastic with texture. You can see every single detail. I really like that!

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It’s definitely a keeper!

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A while ago, I purchased two bottles of PC -41 Vert Lustre…mainly because it looked like a really nice dark green. It’s another great glaze by Potters Choice. It brushes on really nice, and it fires well…but it’s really difficult to photograph because it’s so glossy. If you don’t need to take photos, then it’s great!

After working with clay for almost 25 years, I’m getting a little picky with my glazes. They have to brush on easy (if I’m not dipping), they have to be consistent, and they have to photograph well. That’s really important if you sell online. You need good photos. So, if a glaze doesn’t photograph well…it’s gone!

I wasn’t pleased with myself for purchasing two bottles, I usually only buy one bottle at a time when trying out a new glaze. So, I decided to layer it with another glaze and see how that would work out.

I choose to layer it with Deep Olive Speckle. 

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Now, this is much better! I can photograph it…Yay!

The color is a little different from the test piece by Potters Choice, I kind of like this color better. It’s different because Potters Choice used 2 coats of Deep Olive Speckle and then 2 coats of Vert Lustre on top…four coats total. Four coats scare me, I think that’s a little too much glaze. I don’t want drips (I hate drips), and I don’t want the glaze to run onto my shelf. So, I used 2 coats of Deep Olive Speckle and 1 coat of Vert Lustre on top…three coats total. I like it! I think I’ll keep it. What do you think?

I think I’ll call this color…Pacific Pine

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Here’s a close-up view

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After trying it out on some leaves, I wanted to see how it reacted with texture. So, I tried it out on a couple of Birdie Bowls. You can see the texture through the glaze, but not as clearly as if it were just Deep Olive Speckle. That’s because Deep Olive Speckle is a translucent glaze and Vert Lustre isn’t. But, I like the way it looks. What do you think? 

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Here’s the other Birdie Bowl. There’s still some glare from the glossy glaze though. I’ll have to do some extra photo editing the next time I use this glaze combination.

I think this color would be great around the holidays.

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Since that glaze combination went well, I think I’ll try these glaze combinations, and see what happens. My test pieces probably won’t look exactly like these, because I’m not using 4 coats. We’ll see what happens!

deep olive speckle

Hmmm…I have a lot of glaze testing to do!

Mirror Lake

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Several months ago, I decided to create a new line of handmade dinnerware called “The Lake House Collection.” So far, there are 5 different designs, each with their own name.

Mirror Lake…which actually use to be called Brooklawn Park, is now part of The Lake House Collection. I think the swirling leaf design (reminiscent of reflected leaves in the swirling water) fits better in this collection.

mirror lake the lake house collection by melinda marie alexander from ravenhillpottery.etsy.comjpg

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Echo Lake…will be dinnerware with no texture, in the same colors as Mirror Lake. I’m thinking about putting the swirling leaf design on the bottom of the plates, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see how it goes.

Mystic Lake…will be all about the glaze. I’ll be experimenting with glaze combinations and hopefully I’ll be able to make some magic!

Shadow Lake…will have some kind of leaf design, not sure yet though. It might be a little more moody and darker in color? I still have to figure this one out.

Sunset Lake…will be autumn colors, with and without texture.

The names I choose for the collection, are names of real lakes in Massachusetts, where I’m from. I thought it would be really nice to name them after real lakes.

I’m really looking forward to making this collection.

Check out…The Lake House on Pinterest!

https://www.pinterest.com/rhpottery/the-lake-house/

What do you think of my new collection?  

 

Glaze Combinations

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Here’s some of the glaze combinations I’m wanting to try on my bottles and vases, especially the simple, clean line forms. However, I think these could look great on the pieces with the handles too. Here’s a look at the sketches from yesterday’s post, just in case you missed it.

http://ravenhillpottery.com/2015/04/07/from-my-sktechbook/

#1 Seaweed over True Celadon is absolutely gorgeous

#2 Frosted Turquoise over True Celadon is wonderful

#3 Lustrous Jade over True Celadon is really nice

#4 Arctic Blue over True Celadon is nice

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Oh, my goodness!

I feel like a kid in the candy store. I want to try every single one of these glaze combinations by Potters Choice. I can already see these glazes on my bottles and vases. And they would look great on dinnerware too. I love these! 

#1 Art Deco Green over True Celadon is absolutely gorgeous

#2 Umber Float over True Celadon is awesome

#3 Frosted Melon over True Celadon is so pretty

#4 Tourmaline over True Celadon is really nice

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Oh, my word!

I am in love with #1, isn’t it gorgeous! I can definitely see that one on my bottles and vases. Oh, and dinnerware too! I think I’ll try that one first. I have to do more than one post on these glaze combinations, there’s so many gorgeous colors. Wait till you see the blues and browns.

#1 Frosted Turquoise over Dark Green is absolutely beautiful

#2 Light Sepia over Dark Green is awesome

#3 Smoked Sienna over Dark Green is really nice

#4 Tourmaline over Dark green is so pretty

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How about these glaze combinations? Wow!

#1 Lustrous Jade over Smokey Merlot is awesome

#2 Seaweed over Smokey Merlot is gorgeous

#3 Iron Lustre over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#4 Tourmaline over Smokey Merlot is so pretty

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#1 Light Sepia over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#2 Deep Firebrick over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#3 Vert Lustre over Smokey Merlot is nice

#4 Toasted Sage over Smokey Merlot is so pretty

I’m really looking forward to trying these!

Which color combinations do you like?

Earthen Vessels

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I was going through my old photos, and stumbled across some photos of bottles and vases I made a long time ago. I forgot all about these! These photos are of bisque fired pieces (they hadn’t been glazed yet.) Now I really want to make some new ones! 

I love making sassy handles!

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I love this handle!

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I love the shape of this one, and the handle! I’m really looking forward to making more of these. I’m planning on experimenting with different glazes, and doing some glaze combinations to see what kind of effects I’ll be able to achieve. It should be interesting!

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This one is still in it’s bisque form. I haven’t decided what glaze to use on it, or maybe I’m just too afraid to glaze it. I just don’t know what to do with it yet! I think I’ll make mini versions of this, and test some glazes out on the little ones first. I think that’s a good idea!

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What colors do you think I should make the new ones in?

What are your favorite colors?

Dinnerware

Lu-Ray Vintage Dinnerware

I’ve been fascinated with dinnerware ever since I was 5 years old.

I’m not sure why?

My mother had a set of Lu-Ray Pastel Dinnerware displayed in the hutch, in the dinning room. Back then, I didn’t know what they were called, I just knew that I was fascinated by them. I’d go in the dinning room (which was only used for special occasions), and stare at them. I’m not really sure what it was that fascinated me so much? Maybe it was because each one was a different color, or maybe it was the colors themselves? I wonder how many other little girls were fascinated by dinnerware? Probably not too many. 

Who knew…that one day I would be making dinnerware. I certainly didn’t. One of these days, I’ll make my own version of pastel dinnerware. I just have to find the perfect glazes first. I’m not sure if I should just make them for myself, or also put them into production? What do you think?

Would you buy pastel dinnerware?