Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pots from the fall of 2019

These pots are from a firing in September of last year.

Also from September 2019

Pots from fall of 2019

I tried a different handle style- shaped wet loops of clay and attached after they had set up a bit
A vase and a pitcher, about 6" in height .  These two pieces and the celadon vase below turned out rather heavy; I was a little out of practice after not throwing for a long time.

Some of this bowl's color comes from adding some hurricane Harvey clay to my white stoneware body. It is 9" across.
vase, about 6" high

The handle on the center one is made by cutting a strip from the top and flipping it to the side.

Here are a few views of my studio here in Oregon. This one was taken from the south entrance to the garage. The door at the right opens to the kitchen
Here is my wheel and a ware rack, across from the  previous picture.

Lookig south from the kitchen. The table is 8 ft. long, but it looks longer!

The north wall of the garage came with cabinets, which came in handy for storing some of my pottery supplies. Boxes under them are just things we are storing.

NOTE: A lot has happened in my life since my last posting in 2017, which made me suspend posting to this blog. My husband of almost 60 years, Bill Brink, died in March of 2016.  I did make a posting about pottery after that, but wasn't ready to mention Bill's passing. In May of 2018 I, along with my oldest daughter, moved to Oregon in order to be near my other daughter and her family. During the summer of 2019 I was able to set up my studio, and purchased a kiln.  I hope to post some of my new work shortly.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Recent pots

The batch of pots below are from a glaze firing in late June
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...trying an old crystal glace I had on hand.

This was a commission. It has holes for candles

a batch of bowls from a March firing, for the Empty Bowls charity event

dessert plates for my daughter in law, who gave me some flexible plastic leaves to make impressions with

Some great yellow glaze I forgot I had!

about 11" in diameter

This is a small urn for a small dog, much beloved by a friend.

11" in diameter


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Collage, Cypress Gallery Fall Show

This is a collage I entered in the Fall Show at the Cypress Gallery here in Lompoc.
It got the blue ribbon in the 3-D category.  (have to admit-there were not very many entries in that category this time).  The title of the piece is "Under The Sun". To me, it shows commonality co-existing with diversity: unique content, all encircled.  Never mind, philosophy aside, it was fun to put together, using odds and ends I'd saved.  The size is 24x24 inches- a friend gave me the frame. It has glass-there are reflections in the right hand corner.  There is just half an inch clearance for the items.

Drip Tests

These 4 pictures show a test I did in a glaze firing.  I made 2 pots, bisqued them and applied a glaze after waxing the bottoms and top rims. They were fired in the position of the pot on the right, showing dried glaze flakes in 3 colors, intended to melt during the firing.
This one worked fine,  Looks like I held the kiln temp. for about the right amount of time for the glaze to run down all the way.  Notice the little bumps of glaze on the drip ring, where they solidified when the heat was lowered.

This one had a problem: some of the holes in the drip ring were too close to the edge of the pot, and glaze had glued it to the pot.  So this picture shows how I set it up to refire, expecting the drip ring to drop onto the round clay slab, as the glaze re-melted.  

It worked!  the drip ring dropped down. However, the glazes now ran the opposite way, and too far- past the foot of the pot. I want to keep them, however, so will make some kind of a base for the pot. Meanwhile, this glass ashtray supports the pot as a temporary base.

Saturday, September 03, 2016


These pots are from 2 glaze firings done in late August.  I'm back to claywork after a long hiatus, and loving it!  I have a lot of things on my "Make" list.
5.5" high, 

Handbuilt, not thrown. Shaped over an inverted plastic pot...kind of fun for a change.
It is 11 inches high, and 14 acrosss

about 9" in diameter

This one is 6.5" tall

two views of a 11" bowl

I did a lot of handwork on this one; sometimes it's just a contemplative  thing to do.

9" in diameter

7" high

6" diameter

...made for a friend 

10" diameter

These were too pale so I dipped them in blue and refired.

8" tall vase, pale yellow

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Catching up....

10" high, eucalyptus seed imprints
I haven't posted on this blog for a long time, so have uploaded a bunch of pictures of pots made during this past year. Will not bother dating them. The two above are about 6" in diameter.

Some bowls I made for a charity event- "Empty Bowls project"

This looks yellow here, but it's a soft peach color. 10" high

Have to keep this one; it has a hairline short crack on the inside bottom. Oranges look good in it anyway.

Two views of a handbuilt vase with a thrown top portion. I have this cool textured rubber mat, and used it on a slab, for the cylinder. I left al the "marks of making" this time. 12" high

I call this "Travelers" (had to call it something, to be in a judged show) because the oval shapes reminded me of cars going along a rough road.  
6 celdon cups made to order for a friend
Our new house numbers

- an order: this was not so easy to make!

The body of the pot is about 7" across. The bright color is from an encapsulated stain.

...about 5" across

Garlic jar made for one of my daughters, per her request.

10" in diameter

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4 pots for succulents

These eggs and small pots are only bisqued

an experiment with "lunch meat jerky" Some were tasty, some not so much.