It isn’t new, but it is new for us. You can see our sofa in the reflection.
Second, allow me to explain my ceramic art. My degree is in ceramics. I know, it was going to take me far. I have only had a handful of opportunities that have allowed me to use my degree. Most of my art background has been used to teach art to children with the different homeschool co-ops I have been involved with. It is not often that I make a ceramic piece, but it is one of the few things that I really enjoy. Whether or not I am good is in the eye of the beholder. I do get compliments; just don’t look at something I have made and ask, “What is it?” GRRRR!!
I have an aquaintance, another generous retired baby boomer, who has a ceramics studio. He gave me a 50 pound bag of clay and said I could make things and he would fire them and I could use his glazes. For now, my kitchen counter is my work space, but I will start my own ceramics studio when/if we ever move. (See Home for sale, part 1.)
I recently made two pieces. Here is a photo in their bone dry stage. Bone dry is when the clay is completely dry. Next they are bisque fired.
These were very fragile and a couple things did not make it through the bisque firing. A few weeks ago, I returned to the studio to apply the glazes not knowing the total outcome of what they would look like. This is the down side to using someone’s studio. I don’t have the time or liberty to experiment so I have to make each piece of work count and hope for the best. I think a couple of them turned out fairly well.
This is a brown glaze that when fired under the right conditions, it fires a completely golden color. I think this was achieved in the glaze firing. It is called Gilded Impressions.