day to day in the studio

Hello and welcome!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Butterfly Wall Vases

Some of the new pieces for my show at NC Crafts Gallery, April 1-30th. Hope you can stop by and see my show!  Second Friday Art walk and reception April 13th, 6-9pm

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Making a big wall vase

from the same group, I did not have a picture of the big vase.

beginning to glaze
finished glazing, unfired
glaze fired

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Show at NC Crafts Gallery

I've been neglecting this blog, but I have a good excuse --I'm working!!  Well, I know I could easily just pop a picture up but I hope to put a little more into the posts.  The blog has been an experiment anyway, I'm not really sure what I want to do with it.  The appeal is how immediate it is, I can have an idea about a post and boom, it goes up.  Not like waiting to update a web site which can happen maybe once a year.

I do have a feature show coming up at the NC Crafts Gallery. It is not a big space, but it is still a sweet place and the people at the gallery are just wonderful. Another bonus is that it is just a few miles away!

Emerald Green Moth Wall Vase
12"high x 8"wide
hand built ceramic, slips, glazes and decals
April Flowers

New Ceramics

Cathy Kiffney

April 1-30, 2012
Please join us for the artist reception
April 13, 6-9
during the second Friday Art Walk
 NC Crafts Gallery
212 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC

I hope it you are in the area you will be able to stop in and see it, and it would be wonderful to meet you at the opening.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Before and After

Here is the bisque fired bird getting more glazes.  Remember the camouflaged birds from  a previous post. That is how they look before the bisque firing.

And here are a few just out of the kiln. I like the new glazes and I am enjoying the slip trailing process and the combination of the glazes with the slips.

Some of these new birds will probably be in my upcoming show at NC Crafts Gallery in Carrboro, NC.
April 1-30.  I am still working on more pieces and will see how the next two firings go before choosing the work to show.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Making Vases

It has been a while since I've made any free standing pieces, here is a start to a group of new vases for the spring!

Don't they look like a group of sentries or chess pieces? Slab built, some are kind of closed forms with openings for stems of flowers, others are open--those remind me of flowers.

All huddled together to be wrapped up for the night.  I don't have a plan yet for the glazes and surface, but I am thinking about majolica.  I used to work with majolica a long time ago and love the soft feel of the colors and surface.

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