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mysticspiral
11-24-2003, 10:14 PM
I didn't want to hog the show and tell thread so I thought I'd just post a new thread. I mentioned colored porcelain to the ceramic bead artist contingent in one of the Ceramic Beadmaking Techniques threads in the Glass Technical forum and it inspired me to play around a bit with Agateware... I must say that I'm very pleased with the results.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-blue.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-bluedetail.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-dkgreen.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-dkgreendetail.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-white.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2003/18884-whitedetail.jpg

Anyway, I promised I'd show off the results, and I couldn't remember what thread the discussion was in, so I thought I'd post in the showcase... Hope no one minds.

Happy beading,

Andi.

froggee501
11-24-2003, 10:20 PM
I certainly don't mind... beautiful beads, interesting take on the goddess concept, and I love the grain flowing through them!

earthenwood
11-24-2003, 10:41 PM
Andi,
Those are incredibly beautiful! Since I have seen some of your goddesses in person last month, I know that they are wonderful to touch and hold in the hand. To me, they are almost like worry stones or touch stones. And the natural pattern in the agate ware would make them even more like stone. I especially like the flared hips of the center figure. All of the figures have a very proud stance...very confident.

Is the color all clay, with a clear glaze? Or does the glaze take on a tint of its own?

Very well done! :D

mysticspiral
11-24-2003, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by earthenwood
I know that they are wonderful to touch and hold in the hand. To me, they are almost like worry stones or touch stones.
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Is the color all clay, with a clear glaze? Or does the glaze take on a tint of its own?

Very well done! :D

I love making the goddesses... Since they're each pinched individually, they do tend to be very finger friendly... they have very inviting curves... (says the woman who tends to absentmindedly fondle them whenever she wears them... boy have I gotten some strange looks...)

The color is all clay. I still need to fine tune my colorants... The blue, for example, uses a stain which has a lot of cobalt... This is great, except that the stain is a pale lavender when I'm mixing it with the clay, and it completely over powered the turquoise stain and the dark green which was supposed to run through it for accent...

I can't wait to fire the 2 batches that I have mixed in the studio right now... The first has already been shaped into goddesses which now need to be sanded... The second is "resting" so that there are no dry clumps of stain to fight with.

I can't believe how much fun I'm having. Even though I know that there's other stuff I should be doing.

Well, I'm off to spend some quality cat time.

TTFN,

Andi.

Beadazoid
11-25-2003, 03:57 AM
REALLY neat!!!! I love that the color is right in the material! And they do look like they need to be touched. Lovely!

Jeannie

davisclay
11-25-2003, 09:07 AM
Andi,
WOW, this new work is beautiful! I am especially drawn to the blue godesses in the top picture.

You said the stain with the cobalt is a bit tricky? I have been working with raw oxides, and cobalt oxide is the trickiest in the bunch! This close up shot of your blue is just lovely, tho.

Thanks for posting these!
Diane
www.davisclaystudio.com (http://www.davisclaystudio.com)

mardi
11-25-2003, 09:28 AM
Those are beautiful! They have a wonderful flow to them.


Mardi

Earth Ma
11-25-2003, 11:13 AM
Oh, Andi!
Those are exquisite!!! A friend of mine does some beautiful sculpture, some very large some very small you might like to look...

http://www.sacred-source.com/ (http://)

Did you do another thread explaining agate wear?

mysticspiral
11-25-2003, 11:30 AM
Originally posted by Earth Ma
Oh, Andi!
Those are exquisite!!! A friend of mine does some beautiful sculpture, some very large some very small you might like to look...

http://www.sacred-source.com/

Did you do another thread explaining agate wear?

Thank you. I really love making the tiny goddesses. Lately it's been the only thing that I've truely enjoyed making. Everything else seems too much like work.

I'm familiar with Lynn Creighton's work, I saw her at Pagan Spirit Gathering in 2001. I love her use of negative space, which really doesn't come across as well in the photos on her site. The open spaces really invite you to explore her work.

Is there interest in a thread on agateware? I'd be happy to try to put together some information if there's enough interest.

Well, I should be gathering stock so I can make my wholesale calls today and tomorrow... I'd much rather hang out on WC! and ignore the stuff I'm supposed to be doing.

TTFN,

Andi.

earthenwood
11-25-2003, 11:54 AM
I second the thread on agate ware!

I would love to try it, but I'm always too unsure about how much colorant to add to the clay, whether to do it in slip/wet clay/dry clay form. Colorant can be $$$, so I never want to just play...

I did see an article in the newest Clay Times about colored porcelain and neriage, but it just left me asking more questions. It's always good to get info first hand from someone who has done it!

Bitten by the agateware bug...

mwillis
11-25-2003, 11:58 AM
Andi, those are beautiful! Do you have some mermaids in the works? I love the mermaid tails.

Melinda

http://www.justbeads.com/search/ql.cfm?s=707346344

http://www.PictureTrail.com/mel61844

Green glass studio
11-25-2003, 01:10 PM
I'd also love some information on it- I've been wanting to work with some new mediums and this would be great- if you do not post one could you please pm me with some basic info on it- I am a beginner at clay/porcelain/agateware.

Thanks,
Amanda

btw- your goddess beads are fab!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Earth Ma
11-25-2003, 02:05 PM
I started a new thread on the topic of Rare Earth oxides but I think it would better to ask in this thread if any one has any experiance with them? More agateware please!

earthenwood
11-25-2003, 04:18 PM
Earth Ma's thread on Rare earth oxides...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=148784

Tink
11-26-2003, 01:09 AM
Those are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!ngridh
11-28-2003, 11:02 AM
Ahhhhhh I long to Paint my beads! lol....the glazes are just wonderful!

k8e
11-28-2003, 01:49 PM
HEY ANDI!!!

I can honestly say that I've never been a big fan of agateware in any form..be it beads or in pottery-whatever...

I appreciate what goes into it....but it's not been something I've been drawn to...

But, your goddesses!!

I really find your colors appealing and it gives a lot of movement to your forms..

mysticspiral
11-30-2003, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by k8e
But, your goddesses!!

I really find your colors appealing and it gives a lot of movement to your forms..

This is the best compliment I could have gotten... I'm also not a big fan of Agateware. I do some work in colored porcelain, but hadn't started playing with Agateware until I did these goddesses. I'm thrilled with the results and excited about playing with other color combinations and possibly other forms. (I really think that the goddesses have an ideal shape for the material, and that the resemblance to gemstone really gives the finished goddesses a timelessness that might feel forced in other forms.)

Well, I have some raku experiments to conduct today so I should get off the computer. Thank you, again, K8e, (and everyone else) for the encouragement. It makes me feel like I'm really on to something.

Best Wishes,

Andi.

chocolatier
01-31-2004, 01:53 PM
Fabulous work guys. My best friend Elaine is a summer potter...teaches college in NJ and comes up here to spend summers with me and makes pottery at the UVM coop. She mixes glazes at the studio and has tons of recipes, but for cone 10 only.

I got a couple of vials of oxides last summer to use on my glass beads. I tried a few, but they didn't work.

Ceramics Monthly magazine has always had great recipes for all cones. Check that out. I wish Elaine still subscribed, I used to love all that eye candy.

I always wanted to make beads and tried a couple way back, but couldn't get the results I wanted with high fired clay. Then I found lampworking.... oh! what joy.

Keep up the great work. Just wonderful. Best, Linda

www.vermontchocolate.com

mysticspiral
01-31-2004, 02:35 PM
I always wanted to make beads and tried a couple way back, but couldn't get the results I wanted with high fired clay. Then I found lampworking.... oh! what joy.

Keep up the great work. Just wonderful. Best, Linda

www.vermontchocolate.com

I've got almost everything that I need to get into lampworking but the clay just won't let me go... If you ever decide to try clay beads again, please let me know if there's anything I can do to help...

As for adding oxides, etc to lampwork, that's on my list of things to experiment with if I ever get the torch set up... right now the cats are so happy sleeping on the boxes in the living room floor that I just can't bring myself to disturb them by unpacking it... I'm sure that when I do, mica and dry raku glazes from my studio will probably be migrating out to the torch on a semi-regular basis. :)

Have fun,

Andi.

chocolatier
01-31-2004, 02:42 PM
I've got almost everything that I need to get into lampworking but the clay just won't let me go... If you ever decide to try clay beads again, please let me know if there's anything I can do to help...

As for adding oxides, etc to lampwork, that's on my list of things to experiment with if I ever get the torch set up... right now the cats are so happy sleeping on the boxes in the living room floor that I just can't bring myself to disturb them by unpacking it... I'm sure that when I do, mica and dry raku glazes from my studio will probably be migrating out to the torch on a semi-regular basis. :)

Have fun,

Andi.

Hey Andi: Thanks for your great reply. PM me your email so that I can contact you if/when I decide to dabble in ceramics again.
Now, as for your future in lampworking. Unpack, unpack, unpack. Never mind the cats, they'll find another place to curl up. I have two and I know how they just love to find places to park themselves. Once you start torching, you will be absolutely addicted. It's fast and much much cleaner than ceramics. No wedging, no drying, no mixing glazes, no double firing. Make the bead, pop it in the kiln and very soon you'll have a wonderful piece of artwork. Let me know when you start. Best of luck and DO IT....Linda

www.vermontchocolate.com

isle-of-cats
01-31-2004, 08:04 PM
Beautiful!!!

glassfreek
02-01-2004, 01:22 PM
Andi, just gorgeous.....the sumptuous curves and depth of the clay body color are a perfect compliment....they make me want to dance ;) Thanks for sharing, Deb