|throwing white clay on black bat...|
I was at the pottery studio yesterday. Haven't thrown much lately due to hand-building and critter sculpting. But today I had a little time while waiting for glaze to dry, so I threw a few pieces on the wheel. This particular one was the bottom saucer for a 'kitchen counter sponge holder'. It will have a smaller bowl in the middle with holes in it to drain the water into the saucer... and the saucer will have a spout to pour out the water. Usable? I don't know... but a cute idea.
Anyway, the only reason that I took that top picture at this stage was because the white clay on the black bat made a kind of artsy effect. I'm not artsy (more functional)... but thought this was interesting.
|kitchen sponge holder - greenware stage|
|waiting for greenware to dry enough to punch holes|
|Small baking dish glazed and ready for oxidation kiln|
|large baking dish - finished product|
|close-up of speckled buff clay|
This baking dish should have been thicker, but is still usable. I used speckled buff clay which gives those little brown specs you see.
Had some left over pieces of slab from baking dish, so I made this rustic water bowl for the cats...
I started this post yesterday, but now it's Sunday morning... and Spring Break starts this week for Dallas. We thought all the Texas schools had the same Spring Break... (I'm almost sure they did last year), but apparently not. Seems some had the break last week (which was a shame as it rained almost all week). Those who have it this week should have better weather.
Anyway, I *came up with an idea* last night that I plan to follow through this week. It's to make a quilted chair protector. Sound strange? Well, if you have cats with claws, you will understand. We have 2 large armchairs in front of our fireplace. One of our cats (Ghost) who never climbs and up to the last year or so, never scratched anything - suddenly took to scratching the back of one of the chairs. Up to now, I couldn't think of what to do to stop this behavior. If I catch her, and shout "no!" she will stop... but of course I don't always catch her.
My idea is to make a long strip of quilted fabric that can wrap completely around the bottom 10 inches of the chair and Velcro together. Don't know how or if this will work, but decided it was worth a try. Let me know what you think? Crazy idea??
That's my news for today. I will close with a heart shaped log cabin style pattern for a quilt that I like - but looks a little difficult and definitely not the pattern I will use for the chair protector.
(wouldn't this make a darling quilt for a little girl's room?)
Have a wonderful week!