Vintage Cottage Dinnerware

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Sienna Speckle

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

Potters Choice Galze Deep Olive Speckle

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This one was glazed in…Deep Firebrick by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Firebrick

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Underglazes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These are some of my underglazes

and here’s what I do with them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dinnerware…underglazed bottoms

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ring Bowls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heart Dishes 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heart Ornaments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rings

Going through these photos made me realize…I’ve been using a lot of purple, black and red lately. Time to use another color!

Tropical Breeze

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When I first made these plates, I had no idea what to call them!

I even had a…name this dinnerware giveaway. The winning name was Plantation Breeze. I kept the name for a while, but it just wasn’t right! Then one day I received this email…

“I am a food photographer in Atlanta. I am needing the exact look that you create for a client of mine: Tropical Smoothie Cafes.
We are creating beauty food shots that will be in all of their restaurant decor.
We are doing a shoot this week and I am wondering if I gave you our FedEx number, if you could overnight some pieces for us.

Their ideal shapes are typically:
– plates: flat as possible and a 6.5-7″
– bowl 1.5-2″ rise and 7″ in diameter.

Let me know asap
I know you make things very close to these sizes, and beautifully.”

Best

Parlee Chambers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Before I even saw the email, she went ahead and purchased 4 plates…two of these and two Vintage Cottage plates. Needless to say, I was excited! I called her right after I read the email, got all the information I needed, packed up the plates and my husband shipped them the next morning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And that is how they became…

Tropical Breeze

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I really like the name now!

I can’t wait to glaze them in different colors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Do you think I should just glaze them in tropical colors?

Hmmm…I need to think about this.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And now they come in square plates and trays.

I took this photo right after I made these side plates and tray. The rims still need to be cleaned, and the bottoms need to be signed. I’m also planning on making platters with and without handles, bowls, cups and mugs. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I think I’m going to make a set for myself. 

Star Bowls and Ornaments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These are some of my new star bowls. I’ve been experimenting with different textures. They’ve been bisque fired, but I haven’t glazed them yet. But now they’ll have to wait until I set up my new workshop.

star dishes melinda marie alexander ravenhillpottery.etsy.com with textjpg

These are the first star bowls I made. They came out really nice. The blue one was glazed in…Vintage Blue by Duncan and the other one was gazed in…Rustic Mustard by Duncan. I love these glazes. They work so well with texture.

star ornaments melinda marie alexander ravenhillpottery.etsy.com with textjpg

I love making star ornaments

star ornaments red melinda marie alexander ravenhillpottery.etsy.com with textjpg

These came out really cute. I make these in different sizes, even small ones for little tress. I think I’m going to make some for our tree.

star ornaments off white melinda marie alexander ravenhillpottery.etsy.com with textjpg

These off white stars are really cute too. Now I have to decide…if I want the red ones, or the off white ones for our tree. Maybe I’ll just have some of each, that sounds good.

I think we’re going to need a tree in every room!

These stars make great gift tags too.

What color star ornament would you like on your tree?

 

 

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake2

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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?  

 

Kiln

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is my kiln…Charlotte Skutt. Yes, I named my kiln, and I think it’s cute!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s a little peek inside!

Usually I’m so busy loading my kiln, I forget to take photos. Then when I’m done, I remember. “Shoot, I should have taken photos!” Then one day, I finally remembered, and I’m so glad I did!

Hopefully I’ll remember to take photos more often.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bottom row done, on to the next row.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pieces ready to load.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I start with the largest items first.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next row is done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More goodies ready to load.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I had a lot of ornaments in this load.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One more row, and then I’m done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Had some room for some test tiles.

Time to fire it up!

Blue Birds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love making birdie bowls and bird ornaments!

I wish I could make some right now, but I can’t! I’ll have to wait until we move. My fingers are itching to dig into a bag of clay and make something cute, or pretty, functional or non-functional…I don’t care, I just want to feel the clay in my hands. I want to touch it, squish it through my fingers, smell it…I like the smell of clay. Everyday I go into my workshop, and force myself not to make something. I look at all the pieces that are ready to be glazed, and then I have to leave. I know I have to start packing, but I’m procrastinating. I’m not sure if I’m ready to say goodbye to my workshop.

But then, another part of me can’t wait to move. I’m looking forward to starting over…in a new place, a new state, a new town, a new house, a new workshop. Everything new and clean and wonderful!

And then I remember I have to leave three of my children behind, and my three little granddaughters. That’s not going to be easy, but I have to. If only we could all go. Maybe someday we’ll all be together again…I hope!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are really cute, don’t you think?