When I was on the treadmill the other day, I had a vision of hand-built bottles with texture. Later that night I grabbed my sketchbook, my colored pencils and starting sketching…
Simple bottle forms with texture peeking through.
Love this one!
I think this one needs a little more fine tuning.
I really like this one, the short neck and the texture. This will work!
Love this one too!
I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio and making these. Not sure when that will be though? In the mean time, I’ll keep sketching new designs.
What do you think? Do you like my new designs?
I’m participating in the…Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge
For at least a week, maybe more…I had absolutely no idea what to blog about, that started with the letter X. I don’t have any items that start with an X, I don’t even know of any pottery terms that start with an X. Maybe there is, and I just can’t think of it right now…I don’t know? Planning a blog post about the letter X…was difficult for me. But, then one day I had an idea!
“I’ll just sketch something!” It started out as a joke really. Sketch a bottle, and put an X on it and call it…X marks the spot. Then I’d have my X blog post.
But, then something happened when I opened my sketchbook, and started to sketch. My hand, and my pencil had a mind of its own, and these bottles are the result! I have to say…that I like these so much, I want to make them!
What do you think?
Those bottles inspired me so much, a few days later I sketched these.
I love these…I’m making these too!
And then last night, I sketched some mugs.
I think I’ll make a whole line of dinnerware with this design. What do you think?
Thanks…Blogging From A to Z, without you…these designs would not exist!
Now…What should I call them?
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.
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.”
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.
And that is how they became…
I really like the name now!
I can’t wait to glaze them in different colors.
Do you think I should just glaze them in tropical colors?
Hmmm…I need to think about this.
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.
I think I’m going to make a set for myself.