Monday, March 18, 2019

Pottery by Kolene Spicher

Lots of Pottery! 

I have been so busy lately and have not kept up with my blogging.  UGH.  Just too much to do.  I have some nice photographs of my latest work and will attempt to describe the process a bit.  As I have said, this is hard to do.  I have not decided differently. 

This is a ring dish.  I have chosen to keep it,  I absolutely adore it.  I love everything down to the crooked top. 

Another piece with my irregular top.  I call this my Black Forest edge.  
Sorry about the bandaid.  There was no way for me to eliminate it without retaking the picture.

The other side.  Some of the porcelain slip, slipped right off the trees.  I like this piece.  I am keeping it. 
The above piece is so sweet with the red house.  I love flowers and am always trying to make yet a BIGGER VASE.  My skill level is where it is.  I just need to keep practicing. This has a "black forest edge."

This is a salad bowl.  The finish is so pretty but it does have some crazing.  That is because one day I was too impatient to let the kiln cool to the proper temperature.  In my curiosity I peaked in.  I immediately heard the  K K K sound of cracking pottery.  Sure enough, crazing.  It's 'crazy' pretty but I don't know if it will worsen, so I have concerns  about selling it.  

This is a cereal bowl or ice-cream bowl.  It really makes you think spring, doesn't it  

This is a flower vase, it is a special order.  You cannot see it but it has a bird on top and if you look closely, you will see his eye.  He's all black.  We painted on this piece all the customer's favorite things.  I really love it.  Can you see her cats?

This is George and Martha Washington.  (Below is his wife.)  I love George Washington.  This little bowl is another ring bowl.  I have them all over my house because I was told by my jeweler that I am ruining my rings with their daily submersion into paint and clay.  I take them off now and have not lost one because I have these little ring bowls everywhere.

I am in love with polka dots and they are all over this piece.  In case it is not clear, the lady is on one side and George is on the other.

Wine Champ 

Before doing these, I didn't realize that they actually have a name, they call them champs.  HAHA.  someone said something about loving my champs.  I was like, what?  Now I know! They are extra large so as to fit even an oversized champagne bottle.  So much fun.  I love Nantucket. 

Everyone knows I am in love with anything nautical.  So there it is, a big platter with a ship.  I showed this before.  When I first started to paint pottery, one of my friends who does larger pieces, threw this for me to paint.  Again, I didn't sell it.  It isn't that I am not interested, but I don't have many shows scheduled.  I sell mostly on line.  I am so busy with my orders that I have, that I forget to post pictures of what is available.  

My favorite thing at the moment are these pair of lights.  What do you think?  I love winter.  (In art) 

I am working on wiring them and having a custom gingham shade made for each.  They are really pretty and the finish is right on! 

More George... 

This year, I want to visit Mount Vernon.  My renewed interest in George Washington really makes me feel that I have come full circle.  Some of my first artwork 30 years ago was all about George Washington.  I made Fraktur art of his image.  It seems like so long ago, yet it went so very fast. 

I use these pieces for small flowers or for ice water.  They could even be used for coffee or tea, but I think that without a handle your hands would become too hot.  

This is the back side of the above Geoge Washington jar.  It is chock full of George Facts. 

Martha.  Fun top. 

These (and others) are being packed away for my next show, whenever that is. 

These mermaid mugs have been very popular.  I have them all sold :) 

I am still working on Black Sheep mugs.  I have an order for as many as I can do, LOL.  I am sure there is a cap, but you know what I mean. 

I love that shelf holding my black sheep mugs.  This comes from Pottery Barn! 

A closeup! 

I enjoy doing these black sheep creations.  Here is my favorite flower vase with  the black sheep logo.  BTW, my husband claims that he is the black sheep, hmm. 

Finally, here is a Ginger Jar that I made with a small portrait on it.  It is sold but I wanted to post it because it is precious. 

And here is the lid...

That is it, folks.  I do have more in the kiln, yeah.  Tomorrow morning, I get to open it up! (but not before it has cooled, no more cracks!). 

Thanks for tuning in!