Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Leaves on Yellow Tile

SEVEN LEAVES on a SUNNY DAY
Underglazes accented with Designer Liner lines and dots
on white lowfire tile, frame complements of Emily Cohen.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pinch Pot Bells in the Making...


Stoneware was pinched into a soft bell shape and allowed
to totally dry in that shape...


Then black terra sigillata, green underglazes & Mayco Designer Liners 
were used to decorate the outside of the bell shape.


The cat Talisman bell was pinched from scroddled stoneware clays
first the body, then the head which contains clay pebbles to rattle...


When leather hard, underglazes were added for color and the body 
was carved with a texture.


The bell itself is two faced with one cat looking to the past
and the other to the future so the person hanging it
can stay centered...


Since the head isn't centered, I added nichrome wire loops
for hanging and made fish beads accents for the clapper
and top accent.


The pinched greenware Monster bell is enough to ward off the 
meanest of garden visitors...


The bulging eyes were accented with underglaze when the bell
was leatherhard and the clay used was scroddled stoneware.



Once fired, the colors will change drastically, a clapper tongue
will be hung from the inside and a cord from the top.



A Little Leaf Tray...

A practice tray for Show 'n Tell at my upcoming workshops.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Prepping for a Summer Workshop

This summer, I will be conducting a tray workshop at
The Community Arts Center where I will demonstrate
using Mayco Designer Liner underglaze applicators
to create patterning on the trays made...


So I decided to make up samples of various trays
with my signature leaf drawings on them to have on hand
as Show 'n Tell at the event.


These two bisque trays have been decorated with underglazes
and a black Mayco Designer Liner used to outline the leaves.
The dots in the background were also applied with various
Designer Liners in underglaze colors. 

Once these are over glazed and fired, I will post the results.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How Clay Can Speak For You...


A few weeks ago, I demonstrated how to transfer print a word collage 
copied in black and white on a color copier to the clay slab surface
then pressed the slab with a PMS tray form into a 4" piece of foam.


With the scraps of clay from making the tray, I formed a pillow rattle
which  had a transfer print of the cat, Babe the Biter, on one side
and a blank back where I used white underglaze dots, green underglaze 
and a black Mayco Designer Liner to draw the leaves.


The pillow rattle is glaze fired but still not complete until I adorn it
with a handle, beads and maybe a bell or two...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow Day RATTLES...

Forming a pillow rattle is relatively easy. Once you puff out the clay 
by blowing your "Chi" into it and pursing it closed with your lips, 
you only need two firings to have your very own rattle to adorn.



OK, so it takes a walk or two in the woods 
to locate interesting sticks for handles and a few visits 
to a shop like Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA
to collect appropriate beads to augment the clay ones you've made...



But it's worth the effort when you end up with fabulous rattles like these
for sharing with friends and collectors!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

P I T C H E R S . . .


A one piece design for a pitcher which showcases my Intaglio mat,
Dot Leaf quite well; Stoneware 710 clay.


A CUTEsie pitcher patterned with my 2 x 2 clay stamps, Gillette leaves,
corrugated cardboard patterned handle and body trim.


The Ginkgo Leaf Intaglio mat patterning on a personal pitcher
accented with Gillette leaves.


The same pitcher perched on a Dot Leaf patterned tea biscuit tray.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Southwest Patchwork Intaglio Mat

A soap maker ordered my Mayan Mayhem Intaglio mat
to impress the pattern into the surface of the soap and it worked!
So I reworked my Southwest Figures into
a Southwest Patchwork design.


Perfect for clay or soap impressing!


This is available in my Etsy shop!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ceramic LEAF Sticks for Earrings...

These lightweight delights are made from the leftovers I had
from making the leaf bracelet beads...


They too have niobium loops and some interest on the reverse side.


I see them as earring pairs but a necklace of them
would also be nice!
Available on BHClaysmith Etsy site -
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BHClaysmith

Leaf BRACELET Beads from Clay

Fine metal stencils for embossing are a great way
to add a pattern to ceramic clay...


All you need is an engobe, underglazes
and a fervent imagination!



Even the reverse side can be designed 
with a surprise by using terra sigillata on the greenware.



I also added nichrome wire loops to each side
and a slight bend as they were drying to conform to the wrist.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keeping Track of Glazes


I am going to use this tray which has been stenciled with a grid 
as a test for different glazes, so I took a picture of the tray
with the first glaze areas in place, then posterized it
and printed it out.
As I add additional swirls of glaze, I will use a pencil to shade
in those areas on the printed copy and write the glaze name
in the borders so I know what I used where.





Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making TRAYS in CERAMIC CLAY and Cool Ways to Finish Them!

I will be offering this Summer Workshop
at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA.
One of the things I will be sharing with participants
is finishing a tray with Underglazes, a Dotter & an Outliner.


Participants will be able to practice this technique on a 
white bisque tile.  For example, I painted underglazes on two different
white bisque tiles as shown above and below.


Then when the three coats of underglaze have dried,
I used underglaze in an Outliner and on a Dotter to complete
the two different patterns shown below...


These 6" x 6" tiles created by participants will be clear glazed 
and fired by the Art Center and be ready to pick up
a week or so after the Workshop.


I also plan to have each participant take home an
Outliner to use in future projects of their own.



This technique can then be used on any of the trays
made by Workshop participants to create 
awesome looking pieces...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Blue Grey Gardens Necklace

I made these beads awhile back wanting to incorporate
all of them in one single necklace...


They are all made from stoneware clay accented with blue grey
terra sigilatta but the stoneware clays are different colors.


That is why the colors of the beads all seem different.
The spacer beads are Greek porcelain which blends perfectly.


The necklace is only the length of a choker (about 18")
and is so lightweight considering it is made from stoneware!