Making Asparagus Trays

I call these Asparagus trays, but the reality is that they can be used for anything from fresh cut bread to clementines.

I thought it would be nice to share some photos of how I make these oval, long handled trays!

Freshly made.

Freshly made.

 

Block Printing Tool from India

Block Printing Tool from India

Circles becoming Ovals

Thrown bottomless, then made into oval.

Cut Bottoms to Fit the Oval

Joining the top to the bottom.

 

Asparagus Trays Drying

With handles, drying on worktable

 

 

 

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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Patterns through the Years

I went to college for ceramic art 30 years ago… ugh, I’m getting so old.  The first 15 years after college were spent teaching pottery, farming, and having kids.  The last 15 years I have been a full time, making-a-living-from-it potter.  When I look back at the pots I have made, there is a thread that keeps surfacing… and that is pattern.  I really love the repetition and movement that happens with overlapping patterns.  I also love the soothing repetitive lines of a ripples in the water, or windblown sand. Patterns are literally everywhere in nature.  It is no wonder that artists have consciously or unconsciously include it in their art.  My favorite patterns are from Islamic architecture and American quilts.  Check out my Pinterest board on quilts and patterns!

Included below are pots of mine from the past 10 years.

Goblets with stamped pattern, 2004

Goblets with stamped pattern, 2004

Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007

Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007

Tiles with pattern, 2009

Tiles with pattern, 2009

White Stamped Urn, 2010

White Stamped Urn, 2010

Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012

Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012

Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015

Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015

From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.

From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.

Clover Leaf Pattern

I have been using metal stamps for years on my pottery.  They are from an old Tap and Die factory here in Greenfield Ma.  I love the fact then when you use a stamp, another whole pattern appears other than the stamp itself.  With this particular cross like stamp the negative space becomes a clover leaf  image.  It starts to play with your eyes creating an optical illusion.  These are tiles I make with this pattern.  I’ve always loved them and wanted to more with this pattern on a larger surface. 

 

I had mentioned in an earlier post that January was the time I catch up on making new urn forms.  Here is one with the clover leaf pattern, drying by my sunny window.