First of all, the "dragonfly plates."There are four of them, and they are all the same size, 7.25" in diameter. They all have the same dragonfly imprint in the middle, and so that makes them a set. They survived bisque firing without any major flaws, but the rims are, shall we say, not the best.
This one is the best of the bunch, the last one I threw and the last one I trimmed. I'm very happy with it, except for one thing.
During the firing process, it developed a crack in the underside. It doesn't go all the way through the plate, and it is on the bottom where it is less noticeable. I am going to glaze it anyway; sometimes the glaze will fill in cracks and hide them.
Here is a close-up of the dragonfly imprint. I used a rubber stamp and pressed it into the wet clay.
I am going to experiment a bit with the glazing, painting each plate a different solid color, and then applying a thin wash of "Saturation Gold" over the base glaze in an attempt to recreate a dragonfly's metallic shimmer. Wish me luck!
Here are the dragonfly plates with the base coat of glaze applied. Hmmm..... One thing I didn't count on was the glaze filling in my imprints. The dragonflies are much less visible now. Well, I will let these dry and reconsider the gold overglazing.
Here are some finished pieces:
This little tumbler is only 2.5" high, but it is the perfect size for a drink of juice in the morning. Yup, it's "Blue Rutile" again. I never tire of this glaze.
I like seeing the throw rings inside.
Another in my series of pump dispensers, this is "Forest Satin.
I don't know what this is, perhaps a handless mug for hot cocoa, but the glaze is "Hot Tamale."
A sugar bowl in "Grape Jelly."
and a matching creamer.
This bowl is done in a low-fire glaze called "Snapdragon." Initially, it is white with white crystals in the liquid glaze. When it is fired, the crystals turn red and green.
I like it!
Finally, my sister's Christmas present. I have been working on it for a while, nervously waiting for something to screw up in each stage of the process. It is back from final glazing, and I must say, it came out pretty well. I am going to show it to you, but you have to promise not to tell her what it is. It is a secret until Christmas, OK?
Seriously, don't tell her.
I'm not kidding. I'm trusting you all to keep this quiet.
OK, here is it: