Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What are these things anyways ?

What are these strange things ?

Well they started out as small sculptures inspired by the fallen acorns that blanket my property.
As they morphed in the ceramic studio I experimented with different clay bodies, various glazes at different cone temperatures and eventually started slicing them open so that they could be used as container planters for my ever growing succulent collection.

These are constructed out of Sonora White Clay . The glaze was applied with an airbrush and they were fired to cone 6.
From Pina Colada

From Pina Colada

Sonora White clay, high fired to cone 10
From Pina Colada

Porcelain bodies, hand dipped in glaze, cone 10 firing.
From Pina Colada

Sonora White clay, airbrushed glaze, cone 6 firing
From Pina Colada

From Pina Colada

In this vignette the small acorn in the lower left corner was hand glazed and fired in a raku kiln.
From Pina Colada

Here are two pots.
They will be part of a new series that I have just started working on.
They somewhat have the acorn feel but they are constructed differently and the openings in the containers are much larger to accommodate a denser planting scheme.
I also plan on using a new ( to me ) glazing technique called Terra Sigillatta which is basically a very watery clay ( slip ) mixed with a deflocculent of sodium silicate and then mixed with mason stains.
I don’t know much about this technique and will be self teaching myself so I expect lots of mistakes and hopefully some cool uncalculated effects.
From Pina Colada


danger garden said...

The color, the textures, the plants...WOW all amazing!!! I hope you will share all the results of your learning/experimenting on the new shapes. Your containers are very inspiring.

Rob said...

I really like these quirky ornaments! For some reason I am drawn to the one with the airbrush glaze. They sit really well with the plants also.

Phrago said...

Dez, These acorn inspired ornaments and pots are really HOT!. I especially like the one on the right in the first picture with the organic mass on the top. I am not partial to either of the firing results, both are nice, although the cone 10 really resembles racu which I personnaly collect. I think you should consider producing these in small quantities and sell them through art markets, I think you would do well...
Incidently, you garden has really grown back from the damaging frost of a few years ago. It looks great! Patrick

Donna said...

Wonderful garden. The pots and ornaments add so much interest, you just want to linger and enjoy the garden beds even more!

Delphine said...

I love your ornaments so much. It's a great idea. J'adore.

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karenleigh said...

Oh, they're wonderful!

Lost In The Flowers said...

Dez those pots are absolutely wonderful! And so is your garden. A lovely place indeed. I am undecided if the acorns are better than the white ummm shells? Whatever they are fashioned after, I love them.

Denise said...

Third time I've checked out your pottery. Scattered little ceramic acorns seems destined to be a garden classic.

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hey all,
thanks for dropping in .

Lost in the Flowers,
The white clay 'pods' will eventually be colored with a glaze .
That is the color of the clay ( porcelain ) in its raw form before it is fired.


These are fabulous! Is it just me, or do they remind anyone else of, um, well... let's just say they are sensual.

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

The nick name for some of the pieces in the series were , "she nuts".