This is an extra project I've made. It's a large bowl, 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It's glazed with turquoise matte on the inside and dark blue on the outside with swirly moons carved into the outside and drops of black on the inside. All of this sounds like a lot but in the end I think it works well together. The piece isn't too cluttered or too busy. It represents a thoughtful mood because of the darker tones and larger shape. I'm really proud of this bowl because it's been really hard for me to throw big for a long time and being able to make this sort of threw me out of my funk :)
This is my extra porcelain cat cup! It's only 3 inches tall but I love it. It's made of porcelain glazed with red and pink underglaze cats stamped into its surface along with clear over the top. Its art element is cuteness of course and the stamp's non-perfectness gives it a nice cute sort of character. It sits in my room and I smile whenever I see it :)
This is a 6 inch wide plate made out of red clay and glazed with light blue glaze. You may be noticing the blatant lack of any design or... love put into this plate and there is a very simple explanation. I hate plates. I hate making them and I especially hate footing them and by the time I'm done I just want to put them on the cart and never look at them again. So yes this plate is just blue. Its simplicity expresses my frustration in plates. I glazed it as sort of a test because I was curious to see how the red clay and blue glaze would look together and since plates are dumb I didn't care if it didn't turn out very well but it's not completely awful. The splattering where you can see the red clay is like my frustration bubbling under the surface. The art element it displays is simplicity and clarity. There is nothing confusing that needs pondering when it comes to this plate. It hides nothing. It isn't a grand metaphor. It has no facade. It's just a blue plate.
The three of these are porcelain cylinders which I have dubbed my "Henna cups" because of the designs on them. None of them are very tall , the tallest being 4 inches and the shortest being 3 inches. But what they lack in height they make up in design. I fell in love with some henna tattoo designs on the internet a few weeks ago and wanted to see how they would look on clay. I knew it would take a while to draw and carve them but it was worth it. I wanted to combine the pristine white surface of the porcelain with the bold lines of underglaze on the designs. I tried different colors but I think I like the black the best because it has the most contrast. The overall feeling that these exemplify is a peaceful pondering. I like the way complex designs like these are actually extremely simple when you look at each component of them. It mimics life in a way that the most complicated situations can have the simplest solutions. Overall I'm very happy with the way these turned out! I like them better than my first set of three! And I found out that I really like doing things in sets like this... Maybe I'll do more!