The middle layer is your “intent”….all the pottery pieces you have created in the past month that you have transformed into your “canvas” for the organics (and a few chemicals) to do their work…. This pitfire’s theme is “old bottles…” I grew up in an old cape house in Newmarket, NH, a traditional mill town along a river. As kids, we would dig in the old bottle dumps in the woods…and years later when my father sold the homestead, there were baskets and baskets of old bottles to be moved to a new home… these bottles, which all my siblings and I still have, were my inspiration. I made a dozen or more bottles using a combination of slab building and throwing techniques. The bottles were then painted with terra sigilatta, a thin liquid clay mix which gives the pottery surface a sheen and hard surface to display the natural fired colors, and bisqued. With much thought (and practice and patience), pottery pieces are placed in the pit surrounded by different organics which will color the pieces, with the addition of heat, smoke, fire, and wishful thinking. Organics used in this pit were sawdust, banana peels, coffee grounds, corn husks, seaweed, and horse manure.
Vintage lace collecting seems to be my current past time as I am always on the look out for that perfect doily design which fits a unique shape perfectly. I am learning how lace was made and for what items--pillowcase edging, table scarf borders, collars, cuffs, and more. The workmanship and detail are incredible! Each piece of lace is used repeatedly, with no harm other than clay dust (which can be gently washed out).... any of the lace designs can fit on a wide variety of shapes, so customizing pieces for you is very easy. Get in touch if you'd like some custom, one of kind, serving pieces for your holiday table.
A New Face for Old Lace
Give your grandmother's vintage lace doily a new life and a new purpose by pressing it into clay and making it into a bowl, a platter, a mug, a plate, a spoon rest--whatever you decide! (Clay dust will be washed out of the original doily and returned to you for safekeeping.) Now enjoy that new clay item with your family, thinking of your relative each time you use it. A unique idea for a wedding gift, a birthday gift, Mother's Day, etc.... Once I have received your lace items and we've decided what items you would like created, allow 4 weeks for the finished product. The possibilities are endless! Email for more information fatrobinpottery.com