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Baleia Blu Ceramics

Handmade by Adette Contreras in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by a big blue whale and our little blue planet.


Studio Time

Studio Time

My, my. Studio membership does have its perks. I've got the whole place to myself, and I can work at night when I'm most focused and relaxed. This is a little bit of what heaven looks like–surrounded by clay and quiet. 

Two finished pieces came out of the kiln today. I'm calling them Fat Cups, and they're delightful. 

Tried using the double-dip glaze on the bottom to coincide with the seigaiha pattern, but I'll never do that again. Too close with having it stuck to the kiln because it ran so much. Eeep! Close call, so not doing that again; better to keep the double-dipping at the top of the piece. I just thought I'd be daring, but that little drip at the bottom there could have been Disaster.

But you can see how using the two different carving tools has resulted in two different looks with the glazed finish. I still like the finer tool more than the blunt one; lines are cleaner.

Threw 4 plates today too. Well, 3 plates, but the first one from last time is still super wet. Forgot how many pounds I used, so the new ones are a bit smaller than planned. Might be time to start writing these things down.

I believe the big one top left was about 2.5 lbs, and the other 3 are around 2.25 lbs. Something like that. Pretty excited to have these be done, but they're still so wet, so I'm not sure if they'll be done by the product shoot (and release!) I'm planning for the week of Thanksgiving. We shall see...

And I trimmed some very pleasantly round bowls as well! See how productive I am with a little bit of quiet? Haha.

Trying out this round little foot for the bottoms, and I'm digging it. There's something so simple and pleasant about it, so it makes me think I'll have room to play with texture a little bit, instead of just a dip glaze. The baybayin writing didn't turn out as I wanted it too, so maybe more of an organic, textured pattern for some of these, since the lines are so simple. We shall see.

Getting Braver

Getting Braver

Carved Bisque

Carved Bisque

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