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May 17

Amber nests, one and two

I made these in an off-mandrel technique class I took at the Mest Art Center from Laurie Nessel.  The technique used for this involves stringers, and it’s an excellent way of practicing stringer control.  It reminded me a lot of coil building a pot.

May 15

Knight of Cups

Anyone who’s familiar with the Morgan-Greer tarot will realize I lifted this design from that card; the Roman helm is quite distinctive.  Because the backgrounds were mostly stylized landscapes, I didn’t have as much call to use red and purple. That’s what the cloaks are for!

May 13

Eight of Cups

The background scenery here reminds me a lot of the Glen Canyon resevoir in northern Arizona.  The patchiness of the glaze doesn’t work against the overall design as much in this tile.

May 11

Six of Staves

This card represents a triumphal return.  My guy here looks like some kind of an acrobat. I’m astounded at both how splotchy the glaze turned out and how bad all of these photographs have been. I blame the lighting. (A poor workman blames his tools, right?)

May 08

Temperance

This card is all about balance. In some decks, the winged figure is juggling, but the traditional image shows him/her pouring water from one vessel to another.