An Epic Failure…and some other stuff

I’m intrigued by using Under Glazes on pottery pieces before they’re even bisque-fired.  I don’t have a clue, really, how to do it, but none the less, I decided to try it on the triple-vases I’ve been making, and yowza, what a horrid mess!

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I painted / dripped / splattered 3 different colors onto my rolled out clay – bright blue, brick red and mustard yellow.  Then, as usual, I pressed stuff into the clay to emboss it.

My first mistake was not waiting long enough between colors – they started blending and going muddy, which I KNEW would happen, but did I wait?  Nope, not me……..

Then I didn’t wait before I pressed my mark making tools into the clay, so, SURPRISE, more crappy muddy mess.  At this point, I knew they’d look horrid, so I just ploughed ahead anyway, and formed them into vase shapes.  gahhhhhhh and yuck……

I had a small piece of clay left over, so I rolled it around in the left over brick colored under glaze to see what would happen.  SURPRISE, yucky gray again………

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I’m going to fire them anyway, because I might be able to recover them using white acrylic paint, letting it dry (ha, ya think??) and then highlighting with some nice bright clean colors.

On an up-note, this fat heart turned out great, from a previous day.

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And this part is just for my sister and brother.  Obviously, competing for our mum’s affection is childish and pathetic, and I’d never do it, but if I DID, I’d most definitely win, since I made her a hand made birthday card.

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Oh yeah, baby, who’s the favorite now??

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6 Responses to An Epic Failure…and some other stuff

  1. Jo says:

    Keep s posted on the outcome of the vases 🙂 I’m sure they’ll end up looking wonderful! I LOVE the fat little heart! Jo

  2. Soon to be the favorite one says:

    who is she going to believe, when I tell her I made it!! Hahahhahah

  3. The favorite one says:

    She will say “THATS NICE, but your good looking and smart brother doesn’t try to buy my love”

  4. Moe says:

    No…but you can buy mine.

    Suspect your failures will turn out to be great successes.

  5. Suze says:

    hey .. mistakes is how we learn!! Your mom will love the card !!! xox Suze

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