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I spent an extra two weeks making things instead of starting my glazing. I just had to squeeze a few more ideas in! I'll show you one of the additions and another I won't. First, I'll show you the "Spring" piece as it is drying. Looks a bit like Arneson. I wonder what it would be like to have a portrait like this make by Ohr, Rhead or Robineau?
I have to spend a few days transitioning into the glazing frame of mind. That includes things like mixing and freshening all the glazes. I am purging the studio of glazes I seldom use. I am deleteing two glaze lines from the menu.
These are all going.
And it includes making up cone packs pictured below. Each of the cones melt at a specific temperature so you can accurately tell what is going on in the kiln. You place one of these packs next to a spy hole and you can watch the temperature climb as the cones melt and droop. They are pictured in the background of my home page.
I did make up this year's charm. It is killer. People that have seen it say it is even better than the little multicolored pot I made two years ago. If you are one of the lucky few that got one of those labor intensive little beauties, you will probably find it hard to imagine something better. Here are the molds for the charm. The new one is quite labor intensive too. Making the original was extremely labor intensive as I had to go through the process three times until I finally got it right. Maddening, but in the end, rewarding.
But you will have to wait to see it!
I made up one advertising tile for Zanesville. It is the only one.
And I have been making up some frogs. Now these are pretty run of the mill looking frogs. But just wait and see what I have in store for them.
Here is the back of a new tile design. I am not going to show you the front. You will have to wait for that too. They are a bit unusual for me as you will see. Notice the Roycroft Revival mark? (Click the link to see what it is all about.) I just had a little RALA stamp made and will be using it on appropriate A&C pieces.
Next week, I start glazing. Tiles and tile panels are first on the list.
One little side note for all you A&C fans. There is an A&Cs conference coming to St. Louis. Click and check it out.