One of the hardest things to do when hand building clay is to get lids to fit properly. So, why-o-why did I come up with a piece that has three “lids” to fit?!? Actually the trick was remembering high school geometry and “pi” and the rest is hoping everything dries and fires without warping too much. These make swell bathroom counter earring back, cotton ball, q-tip holders. $75-$85
Another variation of one of my older forms, this “tulip vase” is minus the side spirals for a clean lined look. The top opening is narrow so just about any $4.99 grocery store bouquet dropped in and spread out will look nice in it. Floppy tulips reaching out over the sides look especially nice. 9″ tall – Similar pieces at my Etsy Shop NicePots.
Two Ceramic Baskets
I’m sometimes asked what I use these basket forms for… Being the compulsive collector I am, around our place they hold small rocks, fortune cookie wishes, rubber bands, pencils and more. I even use one for gum wrappers and flotsam in my van. Wide base keeps it stabile. Add a 4″ pansy and voila, you have a hostess gift. Larger basket $45, smaller $35.
Two Handled Vases
These two stoneware vases with top handles will help hold flowers in place when you use them for arrangements. They are both in the dark brown glaze without the usual gold glaze drips. A client wanted one this way and they look rather stately. These are 11″ tall – $50 ea.
This TWIST just came outta Jay Widmer’sDigger Mtn Anagama Kiln
. It got its nice markings from wood ash that flew through the kiln over 48 hrs of stoking. When still green I applied multiple washes of grolleg kaolin and then after the bisque I sanded down the edges to sharpen them up. Could be an outdoor sculpture.
20″ tall – $700
Variation of Leaf Boat Bowls
When the customers asked for these bowls without the “frond” I was a little miffed as that is what makes the leaf bowls unique, but after making these two, I found they could have just as much personality with their off-centered shape and wavy sides. Handles aren’t for everyone and this handsome set will probably survive dishwashers (both human and machine) as well as fit into the cupboard much better without. $140 for this set.
A dinnerware set in a variety of sizes. These high-fired stoneware pieces have an Alberta slip-based glaze that is a Sage green/brown. Variations in this glaze come from placement in the kiln and iron crystals that form during the cooling process.
9×9 in. plate – $30
7×8 in. plate – $25
5×6 in. plate – $18
Leaf Bowl 6.5×8-ish – $28
Make Watering Fun
If you’re like me, the houseplants are hanging in there but suffer lack of watering neglect off and on. Make it more of a fun ritual with this ceramic watering can. Also makes a unique vase.
Stoneware, holds 3-4 cups H20, pours without dripping. $75.
Stacking Garden Sculpture
Began making these whimsical stacked pieces as a Ceramics Guild group project for daVinci Days
Corvallis’ summer Arts, Science and Tech Festival. Trying to rush that first one I managed to blow up a couple of the bigger pieces — TWICE! Ended up gluing them together for the final installation. Kept making them, with much better survival rate now. One is in the collection of the “Doyenne of Dirt,” NPR’s Ketzel Levine. These pieces are glazed in bright colors (brighter than in this photo) and have been highfired for durability outside in your garden. 5ft to 7ft tall, $650-$850 depending on complexity. . . . and yes the bird will sit better on the one I make for you. Needed to cut 2 inches off the pole, and then didn’t get another photo before this one went out the door.
These small rectangular plates are perfect for sandwiches or small salads. Each is cut from a slab of clay with the sides folded up a bit to give a rim for holding in anything a little saucy. Specify spiral stamp or no stamp. 7×8 inches – $26 each, set of 4/$100. Blue/green, green/gold or brown gold/glaze.