Monday, March 14, 2011

Fern Clay Stems








These are very easy and very fun to make.  I make coils of different clay bodies.  They are bisqued and then I use a wash of black iron oxide/gerstley borate.  Fire again (they fit in between firing sculptural work.) Third time is a charm, I add another stain in the case of the pinkish one--red iron oxide. The other ones have ochre and bernard clay.  When there is a bunch in a vase they look whimsical and fun.  Plus they are a way to test stain colors.  All these stems are made from B-Mix with Grog Cone 5.

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