Posts Tagged ‘fossils’

Wildlife, trees, ferns and fossils inspire my pottery and drawings. Here I hope to share the art and science that inform my work, as well as news about upcoming pottery shows.

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I’ve created new sword fern pottery bowls, vases and unique jewelry pendants for the upcoming Indie Craft Loft at Gossamer Knitting in Bend Oregon, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. (Mother’s Day weekend!)

“Featuring Central Oregon’s DIYers & non-traditional crafters who create high quality, one-of-a-kind art and/or crafts and other renegade wares.” Bring a friend and enjoy shopping from local artists and crafters! Shop local … shop handmade!


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A friend and I visited a beach south of Lincoln City to look for agates at low tide. What we stumbled upon was even more interesting: fossils! Here are some pics:

Might be a turtle ... might be a rock ... the waves will tell us eventually.

Spiral shell impression, about 3 inches in diameter. I really want to press clay into this next time.

Another spiral shell impression. How nice would that look in clay?

Another spiral fossil. How gorgeous would this be in clay?

Fossil shell. I really need a fossil book.

Hot tub sea star. "Hey baby, welcome to my pool."

Mudstone pattern.

Pretty sure it's a dragon tail ....

Well, it looks like the backbone of a dragon ....

Winter sunset and the tide coming in ....

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The bowl and the platter successfully made it through the drying stage, the bisque firing, the glazing process and the final glaze firing.

And now it’s time to fill the kiln again ….

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This is the exciting part. Was the kiln firing successful? How do the glazes look? It takes about nine hours for the electric kiln to reach cone six (about 2200ºF) and 16 hours to cool. It’s sometimes hard to wait, but it’s (usually) fun to see how the work turned out.

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After the piece is dry, it is slowly fired in the kiln to about 1812ºF. The “bisque” firing burns out carbon and chemically held water in the clay molecules. Bisqued pieces are hard and ready for the next step: glazing.

These two pieces have been bisqued:

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Wishing you a very happy 2010! I’ve been creating some new pieces using ferns I collected in the Willamette Valley over the holidays. I threw some slabs on a sturdy, canvas-covered table and draped one into a bowl form. I then pressed licorice ferns into the clay and pattered the edges with the stem of a sword fern. You may be able to spot the licorice fern spores still clinging to the clay. These will burn out in the bisque firing.

I pressed a sword fern into a long slab and draped it into a sling mold made out of a wooden box, an old shirt and a staple gun. I like the curve of this slab, so I plan to make some more sling molds for the studio.

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