Sunday, August 5, 2007

Selling Naked

This fish is actually quite glossy and cinnamon brown, each scale was applied by hand and I put a lot of effort into it. I put a dot on top of each scale too. The photo does not do it justice, pottery glazes can be so shiny that when photographed they turn out looking ugly - or at least not like they look through your eye, but different. I am going to use wire fired into the back of my fish so there will not be leather or hemp or wire running thru the holes. No more holes.

A friend of mine that also does pottery asked me if I would like to vend at her Club since they were going to have a big bash this weekend. Well, I thought if might be kind of fun but also kind of not fun. I have sat outside in the heat while a loud band played next to me and children ran screaming through the area... A fellow potter took a couple of my tiles to see if they might be popular. We will see. See is the operative word for this particular vending opportunity since her Club is a nudist camp. I asked her how can they buy anything without pockets to put their money in....


lorenzothellama said...

I like the fish very much. Is it for hanging up?
What sort of glazes do you use. I tend to make my own, using a basic tin glaze recipe and then add oxides and such like to get the colours I want, or at least try to, but you know what happens to oxides at high temperature. Still, I have had some good effects quite accidentally! Some awful ones too.

sheilabythebeach said...

Hi Lorenzo!
Yes, they are for a wall. I use both my own glaze recipes but I also use commercial ones. This is a twice fired fish using both cone 5 and cone 06 glazes. Love those happy accidents!

Pam McFadyen said...

That is hilarious! Good point about the pockets!

lorenzothellama said...

I've never got the hang of cones, I always use a pyrometer. I generally only fire to earthenware, about 1100 C.