day to day in the studio

Hello and welcome!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Falcon and Roses

 I love before and after pictures. This big wall vase may be the largest one I've ever made and I am really happy with how it turned out.  A clay piece this size is like an accident waiting to happen, so many things can go wrong.   If you work with clay you know what I mean. Drying cracks, glaze malfunctions, kiln heating and cooling cracks, drips, colors shifting, color burning out...and on and on. So time to celebrate!

Falcon and Roses, large wall vase. 21"x16"5" Cathy Kiffney

FIVE weeks until open studio show!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Run Rabbit Run

I've been glazing rabbits, birds, owls, butterflies and a few hedgehogs. Now they are all snug as a bug in the kiln getting toasty warm.
Open Studio Show is about six weeks away!

raw glazed rabbit plaques, unfired. The colors will change dramatically in the kiln firing, 2000 degrees.
Have you ever heard of a sheep herding rabbit? It gets funnier at about the 2 minute mark.

Kiln Goddess of the Roses will be working hard this weekend.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Making a mural part two

I started this commission a few months ago, remember the four panels from a couple of month ago? It has been a long process with many revisions. Sometimes commissions are challenging! I usually don't work with such specifics being defined by the client, but this one was very special and she wanted it just right for her memories.

I thought I was finished at this point but there will a part three. She wants a fifth panel to add to these four. I'm working on it now and should be finished in next month. Here are some shots of glazing.

And here are the finished four panels, just one more to go!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A look around outside my studio

I have so  many pictures on my camera, what good are they just sitting there? Now I  am determined to get some of them up here and on my  facebook page. Here are some shots from the spring and summer summer outside and around my studio.

I  manage to grow a few flowers..

My frog friend....

So many more pictures....but at least this is a  start!
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