Patterns and Optical Illusions

Patterns, just love what they can do.  Repetition, movement, optical illusions.

I have been making these little treasure boxes with different patterns and glazes… here are some of the blue ones.  I have included the images of the process… how I draw the pattern using a square grid, then apply wax resist to the pattern.  I love the way they look glazed but not fired.  But what I really want you to look at is the optical illusion that occurs on the finished blue piece.  Do you see a leaf/petal or a diamond shape?  I see one first, then the other after awhile.

These will be available soon on my new updated website, and in my etsy shops… I need to have a long photo session, and get all the new stuff up!

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Open Studio Holiday Sale 2014

The weekend is upon me. Tonight was a great start to my three day annual Holiday Sale!

studio at night

Here is a sampling of what you will find at the studio this weekend. Open Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Stacked batter bowls red color leaf teapot line of cups salt cellars

Wall Salt Box with Lid

As promised from the last post… wall salt boxes with a sit-in lid.  These seem to be a cross from my table salt cellar pictured below, and the antique french salt box I fell in love with over the summer.  The degree of difficulty is far less than the hinged lid salt box.  I am liking the form, and the challenge it brings.  I will do more after the holidays.

Two lidded salt boxes

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My original salt cellars…

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I haven’t finished my explorations with the hinged lid yet,  A couple of new ones came out of the kiln nearly perfect… so more to come on those too, after the busy season.

French Salt Boxes and Ceramic Wall Baskets

A French Salt box that hangs on the wall, with a hinged lid, made of ceramic… what am I nuts!

When I was on vacation this summer I saw a french salt box (metal) in an antique shop. I knew at that moment I had to try making one in ceramic.  After a little research and many attempts, I have a couple worth sharing.  This whole endeavor has been quite the challenge… but I need to be challenged with new forms, I’d go crazy if I were making just cups, bowls, plates and vases.  Give me some technical thing and I’m happy to see what I can do with it.

One of the reasons this salt box is challenging is because I work in porcelain.  I am dealing with warping of the body, sagging of the lid, then trying to get the holes for the hinged lid lined up after this warping and sagging.  I am no where near satisfied with the end result.  I like many aspects of the form, but I have not had one come out of the kiln 100%, working technically correct.  I have fired about six of them.  I have about three more to fire.  I will learn what I can from those, and make some others in my spare time… which is non-existent now with the all the holiday shows.

A bonus of working on this form is that it spurred on a couple of other nice forms , some wall baskets, and salt cellars with sit-in lids.  Creative mistakes really don’t exist… they just make you think more.

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Salt Box Drying

The top red dot one is almost there, just some slight warping on the lid.  The two above drying did not make it through the glaze firing… too much warping, so the lids did not fit.  Below are a couple of wall baskets that worked out very nicely.  More salt boxes to come soon, with the sit-in lids.

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In Yankee Magazine

If you live in the Northeast you probably have heard of  Yankee Magazine.  It has been a mainstay in New England since 1935!

I am honored to be in the current issue, March/April 2013.

yankeemagNew England’s Finest.  The Made-in-New England Kitchen, tools and serving pieces from local artisans.

Getting Carried Away

Ok so last week I got a little carried away making salt cellars.  I made 40… that means 40 bottoms, 45 tops… always make extra tops.  So that is 85 pieces in one day.  I figured they’re small, so no problem… but it’s the following days that I wish I didn’t make that many!  The next couple of days was spent trimming all of them, and throwing a little knob on each top.  Whew, next time I’m on a roll and really in the groove of throwing I’m going to think twice about making that many at once!

Salt Cellar, for the Foodie Contingent

There are a number of items I make as a functional potter aside from the typical mug and bowl.  Among them are butter keepers, egg cups, garlic grate dishes and salt cellars.  I like to call them gifts for the “Foodie Contingent”.

My favorite item which I started making this past January are Salt Cellars.  They are so tiny and elegant.  Here is a photo of them drying on my sun filled work table. (It’s starting to feel like Summer!)  For the finished version check my shop page at http://www.luciapottery.com/shop.php