One never knows what will bring inspiration. Along with the colorful maple and oak leaf carpets on my neighborhood walk, the blending of the blues and grays and greens on a hubbard squash presented by a friend caught my imagination. A large squash shaped bowl on anyone’s Thanksgiving table would look great. Clay slabs were rolled and draped over the squash. While the clay was draped, it was gently pressed to imprint and to highlight all the irregular skin texture of the squash. Once firm, the squash bowl was released from the “hubbard mold” and positioned to sit on a flat surface. I experimented with feet for the bottom of each bowl. Once happy with the way the bowl was sitting on the table, the edges were wiped and softened and the bowl set to dry. After a successful bisque, glaze experimentation was done on small test pieces which resulted in a suitable glaze color choice. The bowls were then glazed and successfully fired, Next frontier–butternut squash! And I will make a few more hubbard bowls before my organic mold decomposes. My thanksgiving table will definitely look colorful this year.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Now that my sample sale is over, I have pondered how to proceed from now through the holiday season and still enjoy clay and the pottery process, while earning enough funds to sustain this creative passion. I had spent many hours creating and glazing pieces that I thought people would enjoy, so it was nice to connect with customers and see their reactions, get their feedback and their requests. It takes patience and experience and listening and commenting to find that balance between what you like to create and what people want and will buy. My current “balance” is to continue with sunflower and nautical and muted themes and combine it with my love of fall and leaves and trees. Each time the glaze kiln is fired (and the kiln goddesses have been kind–fingers crossed) I will post photos of items available for sale. If you would like an item, email or call to reserve it, and we will then talk payment and delivery options. Hope this works–if not, on to Plan B!