Just a reminder

We are doing it again this weekend!

2nd weekend is coming up! My studio will be open again this weekend, I hope you can come! I have plenty of brochures.

The Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour is continuing this weekend, November 14 & 15.

Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday.

The tour is free and open to the public. More information about the tour

here

:

my invitation

This weeks wrap up--platters and more

Finished the first stage of painting on these five platters, so far everything looks good. It's a difficult time, before the bisque firing. That is usually when cracks will show up. I've been having difficulty with platters basically cracking in half! After all the time invested in the underglaze painting it is very painful when that happens! 

underglaze painting, fairy animal and flowers. Cathy Kiffney

underglaze painting,  Cathy Kiffney

underglaze painting,  Cathy Kiffney

underglaze painting,  Cathy Kiffney

underglaze painting,  Cathy Kiffney

Texture impressions in clay

Using textures to press into clay is one of the extremely fun things to do with clay and a technique I return to over and over. I use my own hand-made stamps, antique wood-block stamps and found objects and you can even purchase texture mats and rollers just for this--the possibilities are endless.  The effects are instant and addictive, the challenge is do something with it to make it your own.

I came across a huge sale of doilies and could not resist.

old doilies to use for clay texture. www.cathykiffney.com

Cathy Kiffney
 Pressed the doilies into the clay and painted colored slips on top.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 I took the slip soaked doily and flipped it over onto the next slab of clay to press that color into the clay. Then painted it with a contrasting colored slip.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
I  jumped in to the process and did the most obvious-- not the most original treatment but oh, so much fun!-- And I needed a brake from challenges.

But then I was at a loss as to what to do with the beautiful textures. I decided to get back to basics and began carving into the texture my old friends, the owls.

Process, Cathy Kiffney


For variety sake I used an addition technique by adding a sculpted rabbit and flowers. For the Fox piece I used a combination of carving and sculpted additions.

Jumping rabbit and tulips
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
Mr. Fox and falling leaves
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 ...and of course, the birds....

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

wall birds, Cathy Kiffney

Off we go to Piedmont Craftsmen

Group of clay wall birds going to Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery. Cathy Kiffney
I've just sent off a new group of ceramic wall birds to Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. These, plus a few extra will make their debut next week.
Rather than press texture into the wet clay, I've kept these smooth on the surface and used a variety of underglazes and glazes to concentrate on painting the surface. The flat surface works better for mark making. I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.
 I'm going back and forth with this. The last group I made has textures, all those nooks and crannies call out for a glaze that will meld down into the textures. But then I miss out on the mark-making fun!