Saturday, March 12, 2011

2nd Saturday State of Your Studio--Cait and Mary are back in the Studio EXPLORING

Yes, Cait and Mary are back in the studio exploring different clays.  This time we are trying out some Frost Porcelain clay.  My first impression is that it is so sticky compared to stoneware.  But as we move along during our session, Cait discovers that she can make very thin buttons with it, that it takes a super good impression and that it is fun to bend and mold.

Some of Cait's buttons.  You can see the fabulous impression from her mold on the ones in the foreground.  And look how thin the little squares are and how nicely they bend.


I am finding too that it bends and molds well.  We have just gotten to the first step in learning about this highly regarded porcelain.  I am going to try a few more ways of working with it before I make a final judgement.

These are leaves, hearts, birds and butterflies  If you get in close on the photo you can see how the clay crumbles around the cuts.  It seems sticky.  When these dry I will see how they sponge up.  And then bisque firing and the exciting part  THE GLAZE.

And to get back to our button and glaze adventure, I just have to share another photo of another one of Cait's scarves with buttons.  These beauties are glazed in Coyote Pam's Blue.  What a lovely old fashioned blue that is.  Kind of a pewter blue, I guess. It sure looks great on this scarf.  You can see a pic of it in Cait's Etsy shop here.

10 comments:

  1. Hello Miss Mary,owwwww are any of those my little hearts <3 you guys look like your having so much fun wish i was there Have a great weekend ttfn ;p

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  2. Experimenting with new materials is always exciting. Can't wait to see the results.

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  3. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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  5. It looks like you all had a great time! Making stuff with friends is always more fun than on your own :)

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  6. Love the buttons, and they're gorgeous with the scarf! Always fun to see what you two are up to. :)

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  7. Looks like fun. I love buttons!

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  8. Woah - You two look like you had a blast! I think I may be opening up a box of the grolleg Cone 6 porcelain (mine is a stoneware-like porcelain, so it is not as cream cheese as the grolleg…). Can't wait to see how they come out glazed and how bright the glaze colors are! Cait has BEAUTIFUL pieces in her shop. I can't wait to get something for myself from her...

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  9. Hey Mary! Finally caught up with the blogging world! Great pictures--too bad my van is sick and I'll have to put off working with you until I can get it fixed...Thanks Marsha and Lisa and everyone!! I'm always honored to work with Mary--one of the most creative artists I have EVER known! xo

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  10. Mary thanks for visiting my blog and welcoming me to Second Saturday. I appreciate it!

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