Last June I wrote about participating in a wood-kiln firing at the clay studio where I’ve been doing pottery for the past few years. I haven’t done a wood firing since then, but I have been experimenting more with surface treatments for cone 6 firings a regular electric kiln.

Here’s a recent effort that I really like:



I drew the cheetah freehand onto greenware (brown stoneware), carved in the design, then applied yellow and black slip. After the bisque firing, I painted clear glaze over the cheetah, covered the cheetah with aftosa wax, then dipped the whole thing in Dragon Green glaze. (The wax prevents the Dragon Green from covering the cheetah, and it burns off during the glaze firing.)

I love how this turned out! It is my new favorite mug. I have plans to do a lot more experimentation with this decorative technique!

4 Responses to “Pottery”

  1. Deborahon 27 May 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I love it! I can see why it has become your favorite! So talented.
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  2. Marshaon 28 May 2014 at 12:02 pm

    @Deborah: Thanks! I also like this mug a lot because it’s one of the best-shaped ones I’ve ever made. I really struggle to make good handles, and this one is just right!
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  3. Shannahon 10 Jun 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful (and impressive)!
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  4. Marshaon 11 Jun 2014 at 9:22 am

    @Shannah: Thanks!
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