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Another new technique (sgraffito) that I’ve been experimenting with lately – inspired yet again by Diana Fayt’s e-course on surface treatment.
I listed a bunch of air plants and 4 different styles of containers on Etsy today. Each air plant has its own personality which I matched up with a container that suited it best. I call the containers “pillars, bubbles, pats and pouches”. Just plain fun!
This is a plate that I made using a rubber block that my daughter had carved for a printmaking project when she was in a 5th grade art class. I have some other blocks of hers, and a couple more that my younger daughter made in the same art class a few years later. They both get a kick out of seeing their childhood designs worked into my pottery. It’s fun for me too.
I’m getting ready for the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show in Providence, Rhode Island next week, and this collection of air plants and their containers are a few of the garden-related things I’m bringing with me. I’ve fallen in love with these miniature gems, and had a lot of fun designing little pots to hold them. The wall pocket style in the top photo has both a magnet and a hole in the back so that they can be hung on a refrigerator or a wall. The others look nice sitting on a table, shelf, kitchen counter – anywhere, really. Air plants are so easy to take care of – I’ve had mine for over a month and they are perfectly happy and thriving. They live on the organic matter in air and water – and don’t like soil or direct sun. They enjoy bright, indirect light and a good soaking once a week with a misting in between. Air plants will bloom and make pups, which can be separated from the mother and set to grow on their own. Simply delightful!
This is my version of a traditional Spanish olive dish, something I didn’t know existed until a woman visiting my craft fair booth last fall told me about them. I made a special one as a gift for her – sometimes my customers give me the best ideas. I’ve always loved divided dishes. While things are quiet this winter, I’ve set out working on other types beyond the common “chip and dip“, experimenting with shapes and sizes and imagining what kind of appetizers would work best in them. For me, glazing has always been the hardest aspect of making pottery. I like the plain white glaze on the prototype above and the way it sets off the color of the olives, but it might look a little boring on my craft fair table. The next step is to find something a little more interesting that still looks good with food. More to come!