Trophies are Completed, Etc.

I trimmed the last 4 of the 12 trophy bowls today. Now they’re under plastic just drying away. I’m relieved to be finished, considering each bowl took about an hour to decorate. If for some reason any of the trophies fail, I’ll have to re-make them on an as needed basis since each has a unique award title. I promise to get pictures taken of the finished greenware pieces in the next week or two.

Marlene Jack yunomi, from the Akar show.

Also, Akar has an excellent cup show online as of today, the 2012 Yunomi Invitational. The breadth of artists is pretty impressive, with many known potters mixed in with the fresh blood. Some of my favorite pieces from the show are the work of Marlene Jack, Melissa Mencini, Brooke Noble, Susan Dewsnap, Kirsten Bassion, Kristen Kieffer, and David Crane. This collection is certainly worth a perusal.

Kristen Kieffer yunomi from the Akar show, with repeating matryoshka stamps. Cool!

That’s all for now. Save the date for my upcoming craft sales: Art in the Yard on April 21st in Dallas and the Craft Guild Spring Show and Sale the first weekend in May in Addison.

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Trophies in Progress

Here's a bird's eye view of the incomplete Breeding Stallion trophy bowl.

I received a custom order for a regional horse show in the fall, for 12 trophy bowls. I was given full artistic freedom with the requirement of including the club logo, year, and title. I placed the logo in the bottom interior, and scrolled the text around a flattened rim. I hand-carved all stamps and sprig molds myself, then the slip-trailing was completed freehand. After all, I believe in authenticity. The slip and sprig molds are colored with blue stain, dark for the slip and medium for the sprigs. I still have 7 more to make, and these 5 still need to be trimmed. Let me tell you, this sort of decoration takes FOREVER. I really hope the pieces live up to the expectations of the club President.

Here are the five with finished decoration. There are slight variations in text placement, but I think that indicates their hand-crafted nature.

After trimming, I’ll cut out three chunks in the foot ring to match up with the three stamps on the rim band to give these a nice visual openness underneath.

P.S. I’ll be showing/selling work at two craft sales in April and May. Stay tuned for details as the dates approach.