Let me tell you a story. I had a friend in school that always mixed the paints on her art work in unexpected ways. She’d never wash her brushes out, just combining one colour with another. Everything always came out wonderfully unique and beautiful and lovely. It’s how she lived her life too. Unapologetic, whimsical in nature and not afraid to take up space. I think these mugs are my ode to her. Or maybe to that group of women who in their mature years, decide to wear RED HATS – hmmm maybe these are my red hat mugs. They’ve got me thinking. #corisandlerpottery

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This is the slip I made from local clay under my neighbours driveway. Read the post before this one for the whole story. There is no glaze whatsoever on the reddish brown carved section. It is pure clay that I added water too and drives it to make a slip. It went on hard leather hard just after I trimmed the pot. The light brown ridge or line above the reddish brown section is where my transparent satin matte glaze overlaps it. I wanted to see what happened both with the slip glazed and unglazed. How cool is that? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is it a direction I should further explore??? #corisandlerpottery

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Let me tell you a story. About a year ago, my neighbours had to replace their garage. In doing so, they needed to address the foundation which meant digging up their driveway too. Dwayne, my neighbour saw something blue. It was of course the smoothest blue green clay and he thought to put some of it in buckets for me. (Talk about sweet). Well it’s taken me about a year to take a few scoops of that clay, soak it in water and then drive it. I just did a bit. I fired it to see what the end results would be if anything. … first I bisque a glob and a smear and painted stroke… then I put the same test through the glaze kiln. It ended up being a really lovely slip/ glaze all by itself. Lots of iron so it’s a lovely shade of semi glossy auburn brown. As a thank you, I’ve made them some ice cream or dessert bowls – or you name it bowls. The image next image and one in my stories is the test piece I made. I’d love to know if you’ve ver used your local clay as a glaze too? What do you think. Should I make more???? Or stick with a black slip. I’m kind of digging this #corisandlerpottery

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