Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I know about pinch pots because I'm an art teacher and
I teach elementary students how to make pinch pots.
Here's an adorable inverted pinch pot made into a pumpkin by first grader.
I use Model Magic clay with my students which comes in VERY bright colors. When we're done with the lesson there's always some left over, it dries up and I usually throw it away. This time I decided to see what would happen if I mixed the VERY bright colors together to create more subtle colors.
Here it is VERY bright - mix, mix, mix - hmm - I like it - not so bright and quite nice.
So I used it to make these simple pinch pots.
They seemed kind of plain so I jazzed them up and made MANY pinch pots.
Come back tomorrow to see some.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Most people think pinch pots are an elementary art project. We all have lumpy bumpy versions made either by our children or ourselves and they hold paper clips and rubber bands and end up in the basement. I decided to use this clay hand building method using porcelain clay and created my pinch pots standing on a very narrow base ending in a very wide top. It was fun to add ribbons of colored clay and a challenge to create a balance so they wouldn't tip over.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
I was working on a large painting for a commission that was plum blossoms and birds. I spent many hours on the blossoms and was comfortable painting them but when it came time to paint the birds, I was sure I would mess up the whole painting. The painting was 24"x18" and since I never work that large, it was an artistic stretch for me. These are my bird studies that I did to practice. And - boo hoo - I didn't take any good pictures of the finished painting.