I decided I really like the strong cobalt blue on the white porcelain - a change from all the polychrome. It's crocus time! They will fire bright blue like the one behind.
I put some snow drops on the other side... which peek over the edge. Below is one I just made with a more abstract flower pattern I wanted a sense of movement and growth.
Using photos of my garden as sources it suddenly seemed quite natural that the crocosmia that blooms in mid summer should wind around the tall mugs.
The two bowls in the front have been fired -- the ones behind are waiting for the clear glaze and final firing.
a close up of the brush work. I have been using a variety of underglazes and a blue cobalt stain.
The blue lines hold the image together. There is a lot of guess work because one is not 100% certain of what it will look like after the fire. Some colors hold better than others - and what might look like a lovely pale wash may burn off.
Kiln is out. These serving bowls hold a quart and all have foot rings one can grab - so they make good lids for table or microwave. Love them in the sun light when the glaze colors develop some depth.
Need to photograph the rest... some plates and a few smaller bowls. Will give notice of the etsy store "drop" a week in advance.
As with a lot of my painting the intention is to create an image by working the with patterns and attributes of the image to create the impression of the flowers being more sharply defined than they actually are. As with all my painting I am interested in just what details we need to find in order to see the world around us.
It will be exciting to open the kiln and see just how the colors come out. I darkened some of the colors with cobalt.
I've been using Amaco underglazes in both the watercolor and jar forms along with some cobalt stain. The images are all from photos of my garden that I've taken with my phone over the past couple of years. I hope to to some more plates with a dogwood pattern, then we'll see how they come out of the fire.
There are sometimes just too many choices! When I was teaching at school glazing was often a just dip and go kind of thing - but now I have the ability to think about it. I am leaning, however, towards what I do best -- painting with the underglazes as watercolor.
Finding a source photo to create an image that is linear, but literal and evocative without being either too descriptive or too decorative is the goal.
The cobalt will be bright - but it difficult to know exactly how the yellow and pink will hold up at cone five... they will be covered in clear glaze and they are made of a very white clay - seattle pottery's Sea-Mix five.
Some source photos -- Walking around I am always looking for patterns in the way living plants organize themselves. Having these cameras in our pockets all the time is an extraordinary tool. I can go back to many different times and spaces for imagery.