Remember those 5 large platters I was working on a few weeks ago? Well, four did not make it through the firing. Cracks, boohoo. Some worse than others. My favorite, this swan platter has the smallest hairline crack, just on one side. Deeply discounted on my Etsy site! Here
|Forever, Two White Swans, flowers and Red Egg. Cathy Kiffney 14" diam|
|Group of clay wall birds going to Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery. Cathy Kiffney|
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!