Happy New Year!


Wow! Good bye 2010 and HELLO 2011!

New year and a new resolution. Will this count since I didn’t really follow through with last year’s resolution? Does that count since I don’t remember last year’s resolution?

At least I’m off to a good start. I am posting 3 new teapots with new glaze effects, couple of new nodding vases too. These have been added to 2Frogs Studio @Etsy with multiple views. So check them out.

There is a certain expectation of what I might see when I open a glaze firing. This time, the wait was just too much. I had 4 teapots loaded with new glaze combination that I haven’t tried before. I was anxious and eager at the same time. Out of the 4 that went in, one didn’t survive. It was a beautiful form, but 75% success rate can still be celebrated.

Brown Potbelly Teapot

This Brown Potbelly Teapot has to be my favorite so far.¬† This glaze color was a complete surprise when I pulled the teapot out of the kiln. First of all, it was way too hot to handle but that’s just a testiment to how excited I was to see it. Oil Spot over Red Glaze with White Grotelle. The combination of Red Glaze and the Oil Spot created this deep brown with beautiful texture to create depth. The white over lid area and handle created the glazes to run creating the movement and intrigue. I tried an extra long single pulled handle and the contrast between the bulbous body with a slender handle is refreshing. Now, I’ll have to try to duplicate this again and again.

Blue Fire Teapot

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This worked for the Blue Fire Teapot. First pass glazing was not very interesting and consider calling it a failure. So reglazing was more of an experiment than anything. Still, the outcome was a bit of a surprize too. It began its life as a dark blue on the bottom half of its body with a light blue top . In the second firing I experimented with layering a green glaze over blue to see what would happen. The result was a fiery dance of the colors.

Brown Potbelly Teapot 2

Here’s a dilemma, what to name my teapots. While Potbelly is more of a descriptive name for the form, might not be as fun to call them. At least, that’s what my husband pointed out. So readers, help me out. This teapot and the first teapot have the same colors but one has a handle that is long and loops towards the spout, and this one is curled over towards the lid. Wider at the base and slightly bigger than the first one, this teapot has a much smaller lid opening requiring a ball tea strainer. You might ask “how do you wash the teapot with such small opening?”. Well, you don’t wash a clay teapot with detergents because teh teapot¬† will be “coated” and the aromatic peaks of the particular tea will be emphasized, giving it a more satisfying taste. Therefore, you should try to use one tea families for the tea pot to keep the flavors more pure. Ha! Tea enjoyment 101. Oh, to finish the though… just rinse with hot water when you are finished. That’s it.

I’ve finished a couple of tea cups or Yunomi’s too. These will soon be uploaded to Etsy too.

Blue Yunomi
Red Yunomi with Lid
Spotted Yunomi

Thanks for visiting. I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a note and subscribe to get all of my (occasional) posts.

This year’s resolution? To feed my teapot passion. To balance work, family and passion. To update my blog more regularly. To travel. Ask me next year.

Cheers!

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2Frogs at ClaySpace Fall Open House and Sale


I am excited to announce that I will have a table at the ClaySpace Fall Open House & Holdiay Sale. Saturday, November 13th, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, November 14th at 11am – 4pm. Refreshments are being served and I will be there to greet everyone! There are 10 other artists includings one who will offer glass jewelry and accessories.

Pieces featured will include some of my new work with the red glazes including lidded jars, mugs, bowls, vases and teapots. Most of these are featured on Etsy as well. If you can’t make it out next weekend, do visit my Etsy shop and leave me a note. http://www.etsy.com/shop/2FrogsStudio

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Studio is located at 28W210 Warrenville Road, in Warrenville, just north of I-88. Click on the map for a google map.

 

Map to ClaySpace

 

 

2Frogs Opens on Etsy with Mugs and Teapots


Wow, it’s been a busy summer! And too soon over. With temperatures below 45 last night, it hits you right away that in Chicago, fall comes and goes even faster.

I have a new announcement! I’ve opened an Etsy store front. http://www.etsy.com/shop/2FrogsStudio
So far I am getting a nice flow of traffic and some sales… ok 2. Still very excited to show and sell.

This series of pots are with the red glaze. It’s working really nicely and mixed with a cream glaze or with the blue glaze, it give me results that are somewhat predictable and spontaneous at the same time.

I’m also launching my “potbelly” series of pots starting with mugs and lidded jars. It’s called Potbelly because it has a nice paunch belly. My mom is the one to thank for this idea, and I’ll take the credit for improving on this. Unlike most handmade mugs, I use fine stoneware so that I can throw thinner but still be strong. The design is rounded in the middle and hold more than you think, while the bottom still shows stability and carries the weight and keeps coffe or tea warm. The rim is rounded and flares out a bit and comfortably forms to your lips. I like the handle the best. It’s is hand pulled and curves into itself and attached upside down.

Ahhh, and the teapots.

About two years ago, as I was making my first ever teapot, I was having such a difficult time, I claimed that I would never, ever, ever, ever make another teapot. Well, as with some challenges, I am compelled to master that which I struggle with. (I qualify this with the fact that I do not follow this all the time. I think my family hope that I am not compelled to bake again. oh well.)

I think this Red Teapot looks good. I have more and they are posted on Etsy, and a couple more waiting to be glazed. I think I will keep exploring but these shapes are both delicate and confident at the same time.

I am working on a few more forms and hope to post new soon.

Check out my Etsy shop and let me know your thoughts. http://www.etsy.com/shop/2FrogsStudio

Thanks for checking in.

miki