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…
The top plate was glazed in…Deep Sienna Speckle by Potters Choice
This one was glazed in…Deep Olive Speckle by Potters Choice
This one was glazed in…Deep Firebrick by Potters Choice
And these are the plates that were purchased for the Tropical Smoothie Cafes…photo shoot. You can read more about it here…
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.
I added a quote by Pablo Picasso to one of my photos. It’s so perfect together. A bag of clay, pottery tools and a dirty wire tool, just used. I love this quote, it’s so true…at least for me.
Inspiration is something that makes someone want to do something. It gives someone an idea about what to do or create. It’s a force or influence that inspires someone.
A person, place, experience, etc…that makes someone want to do or create something.
Here’s a little sneak peek inside my Sketchbooks!
I’ve been sketching, drawing and doodling since I was very young. Give me some pencils and paper, or crayons and coloring books and I was a very happy girl! I’d doodle on just about anything. My school work would sometimes have little flowers on it. My book covers would be covered in my drawings, doodles and big bubble letters. I couldn’t help it! If I had a pencil, pen, or better yet…a colored pencil in my hand, I would doodle and draw.
These sketches are about ten to twelve years old. I’m not sure I still like the one on the right? But I still like the one on the left!
These are so pretty. I love these shapes and I do love my sassy handles. A timeless design with a little modern flair.
I think these are my favorite, so far anyway!
I love the round shapes and just a hint of sassiness in the handles.
I love ancient, old world pottery, and timeless designs. I love incorporating a timeless form with my own design and making it new and fresh. When I add my sassy handles, texture, text, or whatever else I decide at any given moment, and then add interesting glaze affects, it becomes new and fresh. I leave a little bit of me in and on every piece.
I’ve actually never made these. But one day I will. I love these handles!
I sketched these about 6 months ago. I wanted something simple, with clean lines. Something that could go from modern to contemporary, to rustic (depending on the glazes I use) and even country. I think this design fits that goal. What do you think?
I sketched a bunch of these about 6 months ago too. I had an idea about using inspirational text one this design, like dream, hope, wish, love etc. Each word with have a different design.
I’m really looking forward to making these!
Sunday, I sketched these. Clean simple lines again in different sizes. I can just see a group of these clustered together. I can’t wait!
I’m really liking these simple forms!
What do you think?
I’m just a girl who likes to play in the mud. I love the way clay feels in my hands…the way it squishes through my fingers when I throw…and I even like the way it smells.
There once was a little girl with big brown eyes who loved to play in the mud. When she wasn’t playing in the mud…her other favorite thing to do, was color. She colored and colored until she didn’t want to color anymore, and then she played with her easy bake oven.
Many years went by, and the little girl with the big brown eyes grew up. She continued to play in the mud, she still liked to color too, but she didn’t use her crayons anymore, she found something better…beautiful creamy glazes. So she colored her mud with the pretty creamy glazes. But she couldn’t put it in her easy bake oven anymore…because it was broken. So, she put it in her electric kiln instead, and every time she opened her kiln…it was like Christmas!
by Melinda Marie Alexander
I’ve added some new photos to my Etsy Shop!
I must admit, I’m not fond of rain anymore…not since I moved to Florida. It rains way too much here! I use to love playing in it when I was a kid. I still love the smell of wet earth and wet sidewalks though. When it just starts to rain, and the sidewalks and the ground gets wet…I love that smell. My glazes smell like that…wet earth.
This photo is so beautiful, it makes me want to jump inside it and play in the rain!
I love this one! It’s so hauntingly eerie and spooky looking.
I love how this typography print came out! I love the color combinations of black, gray, several shades of blue and white…with glittery little stars here and there. I love how the darkness is around the outside edges and the light is shining in the middle.
I think I’ll list one without the typography also.
I absolutely love this one! The different shades of blue, go from dark and vibrant to soft and subtle…with twinkling little stars shining all over the place. Love it!
Glaze testing with Coyote Glazes!
These test tiles were textured with a piece of Portuguese Lace…made by my husbands grandmother. I brushed on one coat of Saturated Iron, using a fan brush. Then washed it off with my sponge…leaving the Saturated Iron only in the cracks and crevices. Then I brushed on two coats of Light Shino, on the test tile on the right, and Light Blue Shino, on the test tile on the left. Now I’ll have to try two coats of Saturated Iron and see what happens.
The test tile on the right, is the same texture that I use on my Backwater Bay Collection. I really like how this came out! I used the same combination of glazes, one coat Saturated Iron, and two coats Light Blue Shino. I can’t wait to use this on my plates!
These test tiles have the same glaze combination, one coat Saturated Iron, and two coats Light Blue Shino. But look how different they look. The texture on the test tile on the left is not very deep, but you can still it, the brown doesn’t break through like the other test tiles, but I like it! The other test tile is just plain. I think it looks like Stonewashed Denim. I need to try this on something larger.
This test tile has two coats of Light Blue Shino. You can see the texture, but I think it would have showed up better with Saturated Iron under it.
This test tile was textured with the same texture I use on my Vintage Cottage Collection. It has two coats of Light Shino brushed on with a fan brush. You can see the texture through the glaze, but I think if I had put a coat of Saturated Iron underneath, the texture would be more prominent.
These test tiles have one coat of Saturated Iron under two coats of Light Shino. I think the leaves might need two coats of Saturated Iron.
This test tile has one coat of Saturated Iron under two coats of Shino. I’m not sure what it would look like with a deeper texture? I’ll have to do more testing.
This one has one coat of Saturated Iron…only on the leaves, and two coats of Goldenrod. I think two coats of Saturated Iron would be better. I’ll have to try it.
The test tile on the left has one coat of Coyote Black, and two coats of Goldenrod. It’s very interesting! Need to test more. The test tile on the right has one coat of Coyote Black and two coats of Red Gold, needs more testing.
Next time I’ll show you what some of these look like on some pottery.
The inspiration behind Backwater Bay comes from growing up a mile from the ocean, in a Historic Seaport City, my mother called…The Gateway to the Cape!
East Beach…New Bedford, Massachusetts, my playground!
I start with a bag of B-mix clay (a combination of porcelain and stoneware.) I love the texture of this clay, it’s so smooth, and really nice to work with. I roll the clay into a slab using my slab roller, and then add the texture. Then once that’s done, I cut out the pieces I need to form each plate.
I love my slab roller!
Backwater Bay brings me back to my roots, to New England, my home. It brings back memories of rocky coast lines, the smell of the sea, summers spent at the beach, building sand castles, collecting sea shells, swimming in the ocean, the smell of suntan lotion, and ice cream cones. But most of all, it brings back memories of time spent with my family, and the people who I love.
The texture, and design reminds me of ocean waves.
I love it, and I hope you do too!
I love the way this glaze hugs the texture and magically changes in my kiln, from shelf to shelf. Making all the pieces…one of a kind!
I’m calling this color…Stormy Sea!
The off white plates are called…Sand Dollar!
And now, they come in square!
New rectangular trays, and coming soon…platters!
I’ll be testing new glazes, so come back and check them out!
Oh, I almost forgot! A big thank you to my husband for coming up with an awesome name…Backwater Bay! Thanks Honey…I love it!!!
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