Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For the quails.

Here are my new quails. I've had this form in my mind for a while. I kept drawing it over and over until I finally went ahead and made it...well, them. A fat one and a skinny one.
I didn't quite know what kind of bird they were going to be until I made them. A quail seemed to work best and the feather variation worked well...not to mention their great little "headpiece" that I knew would work with the handle.
I've also been working on a little one-a-day project this month. I've been collecting black and white plates to hang in a grouping in our giganto bathroom. I just got this one a couple of weeks ago.
It's mid-century, made in Norway...and I LOVE it. It's little, about 3 inches in diameter. And it totally inspired me to make one little plate a day for the entire month of March. I have a little mold that I've been using. My only requirement is that they must have only one color glazed area...which must be an animal. Each one is signed and numbered on the back. I'll be posting them on my Flickr. Of course, the drying, firing, glazing, firing schedule is going to make it difficult to show a new one every day, but I will be making them daily. They are really just quick sketches to keep my mind fresh but committed to one shape. Maybe I'll do something else next month??

Well, that's it for me. I know it's been a while since my last posting. I've been making work, firing kilns, shipping out orders...same old routine. Also, I've been in the process of rearranging my studio and adding more lights and shelving...AHH! It's still a total mess in there. HOWEVER, I did unload a kiln this morning and I'll be posting new work in my shop over the next week! Lots of cute trays and new serving pieces.

6 comments:

sherry said...

Oh, I love them both. Can't wait to see your new work. I've finally gotten out from under a pile of custom work and fired up my torch for spring!.

shoshonasnow said...

Thanks! Ooooh, the torch! Of course we love orders and custom work, but it feels soooo good to finally have the time to make those ideas that have been swimming around the head!

jen jeglinski said...

Love the quails. What feathered friend is next?

Kate said...

I love these, and I love the green on your walls!

shoshonasnow said...

I still have more bird ideas, but I also have some other animals in the works...

And thanks, Kate! That's in my studio. It's one of my most favorite colors. A few of the walls are green, a few are royal blue and there IS some white in there as well...got to keep it bright!

Ashley said...

I love the quail! My dad raised quails when I was a kid so I knew that's what they were right away.