Friday, April 20, 2018

I am going MUGSY! The process of learning ceramics by Kolene Spicher

My first Mug and Platter 

The Birds Find Their Home by the Sea 
Mermaid Holding a Sweet Bird by the Sea 

Ceramics by Kolene Spicher 

I have been learning how to do ceramics in my free time, lol.  I have no free time.  My days are always planned with good things.  Each day I try to do something the VERY BEST THAT I CAN.  It doesn't have to be perfect, but it needs to be my best.  

Ceramics have been a type of healing for me.  It is too deep to explain and I'd bore you.  So lets look at some pictures.  

This is not really what I thought this would look like.  The green burned brown and sort of looks like my grass in the summer after 6 weeks of no rain.  I didn't use enough paint...sigh.  The black lines are inconsistent.  I did not realize that when they say three coats, they really mean three.  Who would have thought.  So make a note, next mug, three coats of color.  Oh and don't use that green.  Or that blue...What, you don't know what blue you used, do you?  Know your colors.  Make a note.  So you are starting to see, this isn't an easy process.  But I love this mug and I think what makes it endearing are the imperfections that this new potter is learning to overcome.  I like the hand made look, but there needs to be a line that I don't cross.  I don't know the line. :( 

I like the way the leaf turned out and also the drippy blue.  The handle on the left says, "The Birds!"  The other side says, "Find their home!" Finally, barely there, is the writing By the Sea in the muddy grass. 

Let's talk about the lady in the picture.  She's sort of bumpy...literally and in all the wrong places, but you know what?  I love her.  I love this mug, and imperfect as it is, I have found that it is very fun to drink out of.  

I'd say that this was me, but it isn't.  But I do love it and want to keep it! 
See the handle?  This says, "Find their Home."  This is referring to birds.  Nevermind that my finger doesn't even fit in that hole.  LOL. 

You can't see it in the picture, but there is a bump to the right of this poor woman's breast.  I don't mind it, but I am pointing it out because it's there, and when you drink out of it, you are reminded that a woman made this mug.  LOL. 

This is very Bohemian!
Oh how I love that blue inside the cup and also on the water.  If only I had put more brush strokes.  

This might actually be my favorite part.  This sweet Robin truly found a home by the sea and in this cup.  I am going to do a painting around this mug.  I am working on another cup that has this theme painted on it to go with the  new painting.  Whoever gets the painting, gets the mug!  I will plan on taking this stuff to #wiltonhistoricalsociety show that takes place in November.  

I am going to make a hand built stand for this. 
Finally, let's talk about the platter.  I love so much of it.  I don't love the shine.  I am going to make another one out of Porcelain.  Yesterday, I made two hand-built porcelain mugs.  I worked on them some this morning and I love how they are getting.  One of them will be  for my Birds find their Home by the Sea mug.  

Now you know why I am going "Mugsy." #Mugsy is about pottery (for me).  It's about all the steps and lessons and about loving what you are, whatever that might be.  :) 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Bird Mermaid Platter by Kolene Spicher

Showing off her bird-catching skills 
A Kolene Spicher Mermaid Pottery Piece 

Hand Building Pottery 

I have made some progress with my platter since I last posted.  The colors on this piece are beginning to POP as the clay is drying out in preparation to Bisque Firing.  

The edge of this piece was designed to look like coral.  I think it has this look, too, but I don't know for certain what this will look like once it is Bisque Fired. 

I decided to add the curtain because it gives it a good pop of color.  The water is textured and many shades of BLUE will stick out once fired. 

I am really loving this whole process.  I am going to be making many more of this sort of thing.  As I learn more about the clay, I am leaning more toward the hand-building process.  I am also learning to throw on the wheel, too.  


Apple Mug

Eat Apples Daily 
A functional and decorative mug
by Kolene Spicher 

Can you help me find my missing apples? 

The bottom was heavy...sigh, I am a beginner!  
This little mug isn't so little.  It's heavy too, but it is so cute.  I am thinking that it will turn out A-ok once it's fired.  Will survive the fire?  I believe! 

Is it me or does she look like she is wearing a beehive?  I think we will call her Beehive lady! 

The colors are rich on this, and not garish!  I will post more once it's fired! 
Here are my missing apples!  
Like all my art, this too is meant to be interactive.  I want people to look at this stuff and be curious, what's the message?? 
The vote is out on the inside being blue...I might just hate it.  We shall see.