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Aug 22

Raven Orchid Pot

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 …

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Aug 03

Optic Mold Paperweight

For the third paperweight, this one, I decided to use the optic mold.  This is a star-shaped mold that tapers to a narrow point. I believe it’s made of aluminum.  After rolling my first gather of glass in the frit and melting the frit into it, I put the jack glass-side down and push, incising …

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Jul 31

Blue and Red Swirl Paperweight

This was my second paperweight I made at the one-day workshop I did in May.  My idea was to quickly pull a bird into shape out of the hot glass I’d gathered.  This is easier said than done. My bird quickly became a melted taffy impersonation, and it was all I could do to loop …

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Jul 27

Hodge-Podge Paperweight

The paperweight class I’d signed up for at the Mesa Art Center, though cancelled three times in a row, went off fine the fourth time I registered for it, and I was able to make three paperweights.  We were having trouble with the crucible kiln not clicking shut properly, and the glass got too cool, …

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Jul 24

Florentine-Cobalt Porcelain Cup

This was one of the cups I threw with my share of the batch of porcelain that some of our classmates mixed up.  I had some of Kurt Weiser’s cobalt underglaze that Bridget Harper (my ceramics teacher and friend) cadged for me.  I’ve done underglaze or stain on porcelain many, many times. This is a …

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