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Aug 22

Raven Orchid Pot

raven orchid potraven pot saucer

My orchids needed repotting, so I went to Lowe’s and bought a pair of terracotta pots and saucers.  The orchids are going to go in my studio, which has orange walls, so I wanted something that would tone down the orange of the clay body.  After a couple of days of deliberation, I settled on two designs. This is the first one.

To make the texture on the brim and for the outline of the raven, I used the commercially produced slip from Duncan called “French Impressions.” This is their black color.  It would have come out better on the brim if the blue glaze I chose didn’t have so much crystallization.  My test tile hardly has any crystallization.  It could be that I used a longer cool-down during this firing than when I fired the test tile.  I suppose the dots provide some interest.

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