Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lessons in Pottery

Hmm....I did not know: pottery cracks in cold, dry temperature. This is my second attempt at this dish. The other 'tricky' thing about clay is you don't know what it will 'look' like until it's fired (at least I don't). It's all gray to me. You fire it once, then you paint....again, it's hard to know what it will look like until you have fired it again. Oh well. Jason mentioned he was looking for something to throw change into. I have him a few other gifts (thank goodness), but I decided to make a dish for his change. The art teacher let me use her supplies and kiln at work, and due to multiple problems, I had to run up this week and get a janitor to let me in and pick it up. I was pleased with the dish's texture, and I liked my cow skull, but I'm not a fan of the colors or multiple clay choices. I was going for a southwestern feel. Regardless, it's a homemade gift, and I think Jason will appreciate the effort. I have a few other homemade gifts I like better, but I made a few of some of the gifts, and some receipients have not 'received' their gift yet, so I will refrain from posting those. I don't know that I'll be pursuing clay avidly, but it's fun to experiment with different types of crafts.