Saturday, October 26, 2013

Best yet

Used the same post firing finish as the mermaids box. I had to underclassmen it black because the clay was a funky color. But I like it!

Second sneaker

I love how this one turned out. I feel that I got the shape right even though the color is still a little dark.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wabi-Sabi sneaker

So this isn't quite where I wanted to go with the sneaker. But it's starting to grow on me. We fired it way too fast and all of the red burned out. Plus the cinnamon underglaze does not look the same after it has been fired. I'm making more of these. I like the way The relic wash looks on great white clay.

Tea bowls

Turned out way too small....but I like the glaze: tomoku

Extruded espresso-ness

Okay, we used our extruder to create all of these long wonkey tubes, and pressed patterns into them and turned them into mugs. This is the one I made. We dipped it in this new glaze called indigo float. Everyone adores this glaze. We are almost out of it...

Sushi plates

More Japanese inspired pottery. I used a fish pattern rolling stamp and green patina glaze. I like How it breaks brown, but I wish i had put it on thicker on the darkest one. These were dipped.

Hobbit Homes

Made three little tea light hobbit homes out of great white clay. I like to imagine lights glowing from inside. I used Rio wash and relic wash to get the aged look. My mom promptly stole my idea and used it in a kids class. We now have about twenty of these things.

Mermaids jewelry box

Yeah I know, another head box, but this one is different! I underglazed the whole thing black, vitrified it, and than did a post firing finish if rub'n buff...yeah, the picture frame stuff. Its decorative, obviously, but I think it would make a lovely jewelry box.

Personified teapot becomes personified!

So I used underglazes and some dry- brushing techniques to get the ancient kind of look on that teapot. I wasn't exactly sure how to tackle it because I didn't have a color in mind originally. But I'm satisfied with the result.

Painted geisha box

We used a funky firing technique on these things. Involving low fire glazes and double bisque firing.

The first shoe

I find a lot of inspiration from converse, both in art and writing. I've been known to paint them, to write about them, to wear them, and to admire them in public places. Why? Why do we like anything? We just connect with it somehow on a deeper-than-average basis.

This is intended to be semi-functional. I really hope someone will plant flowers in it someday. And in case you were wondering, it's a size 8.5.

Origami cups

Used a rectangular slab to make a tube, and then folded the bottom of the tube to form feet and a base for the cup. I ended up making three or four of these, although I now intend to make more.

Personified teapot adventure

My sister and I created a unique personified  teapot using the hand building techniques from the workshop. We agonized so hard over this thing. I felt genuinely challenged. That's her doing the hard part in the picture.

Zen Geisha yarn box

I made this in a workshop at my studio. I put holes in the back of her head and intend to mount balls of yarn onto her head as geisha hair. Something about yarn and the Japanese seems to inspire me.

Finished tea pot

Also made four Cubist  coffee cups out of slabs to kind of match it. I used underglazes on recycled clay.

Pumpkin teapot

Made of two pinch pots!

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Thousand Pots Mission

I heard somewhere that a potter must create one thousand bad pots before he can create one good pot. I think that there is some truth to that. I've started on my thousand pots.

Hannah C. Mathiot

I am a local artist in New Bern, North Carolina. My artwork centers around the things that interest, challenge, and inspire me. To buy my work, please visit my studio or contact me.