Ravens

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I love making these ravens!

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After making plates, platters, bowls or any other large item…I always have pieces of clay leftover. I like to use up as much clay as possible, so I make ornaments, pendants and rings with the scraps of clay. After I make those, I have even smaller scraps of clay leftover. So, I squish the clay together and roll it into little balls, put them in zip lock baggies, squirt some water inside and then zip it up until I’m ready to make ravens and little birds.

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Aren’t they cute?

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I think I’ll make some larger ones, next time!

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Here’s a close-up view!

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And coming soon…Raven Ornaments!

I can’t wait!

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?

Palmeida’s Lace

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Palmeida’s Lace

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I’d like to introduce you to Palmeida Machado

The inspiration behind Palmeida’s Lace, my husbands grandmother!

She was born on July 26, 1899…on an Island called Terceira, also referred to as the “Ilha Lilás” (the “lilac” or “violet” island), it’s an island in the Azores archipelago, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the larger islands of the archipelago, and is the location of the historical capital of the archipelago, the Azores’ oldest city.

The girl on the left, is my husbands mother Laura and the girl on the right is his aunt Rose.

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Palmeida gave my husband and I…a very large collection of her handmade Portuguese lace, for our wedding. A lace bedspread, tablecloths, table runners and a lot of doilies!

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I’ve kept them well-preserved over the years. I actually only used one small table-cloth to cover one of my grandmothers vintage tables.

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I started making pottery in August of 1990, and in 1991…I dug out the plastic bag filled with Palmeida’s lace and took just a few small doilies out…to use for texture. I used them for a while, then I stopped for some reason. I’m not sure why? I guess I wanted to try something different, and then I probably forgot all about it. I’m bringing it back now. 

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Here’s a heart dish in Indigo Blue

It came out great! My husband loves it too, it’s his favorite color.

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I love this glaze!

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Here’s a close-up view

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Here’s one in cream

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On this one…I applied three coats of violet underglaze, washed it off, leaving the underglaze in all the crevices. Then I glazed it with a clear gloss glaze.

It’s so pretty!

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A true family heirloom from me to you!

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!

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

Necklaces

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These leaf pendant necklaces came out really nice!

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This one was glazed in…Goldenrod by Coyote

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A close-up view

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This one was glazed in…Shino by Coyote

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As you can see from this photo…each leaf glazed in Shino comes out different, even when they’re fired in the same glaze firing, and even when they’re on the same shelf. So, each one is unique and different.

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Here’s another view

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This oval pendant necklace has a handmade bead. I’m not sure if I’ll make beads again. I don’t mind making them, but glazing something that small is not fun! 

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Here’s one with a different design.

These were glazed with the same glaze…Bronze Patina by Duncan. This glaze comes out different from piece to piece also.

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The back

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This one was glazed in…Vintage Blue by Duncan

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This round textured pendant was glazed with Bronze Patina by Duncan also. This glaze does very interesting things with texture.

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They came out nice!

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Pendants and Beads

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I’m not sure if I’ll continue making the oval and round pendants?

I might just make the leaf pendants.

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.

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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?  

 

Leaf Ornaments and Magnets

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I love leaves, I don’t know why? I just do!

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I like using scraps of clay to make leaves. It’s a great way to use up those bits of clay that you really can’t do anything else with.

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Oak Leaves

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Oak Leaf Magnets

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Oak Leaf Ornaments in Indigo Blue

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This is how I sign my pottery

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Oak Leaf Ornaments with Text

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A friend asked me if I could make these. 

Thanks Patricia, it was a great idea!

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I can’t wait to glaze these!

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I really like these!

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More new oak leaves, I call them fancy leaf ornaments.

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I can’t wait to try out some glazes on these! 

What do you think?