Artist Trades = the Best!

I recently completed a trade with the uber-talented watercolorist Kelly McKernan. Check out her website and available artwork/prints HERE.

I completed a partially wheel thrown and partially hand sculpted jewelry tray out of high fire porcelain clay in the shape of a koi-like whiskered and hairy fish with expressive fins per Kelly’s request. Slip colored with blue stain defines the eyes, with pale green glaze on the interior and a responsive copper glaze underneath.

The whiskers are curled upward to allow rings or earrings to dangle securely.

The whiskers are curled upward to allow rings or earrings to dangle securely.

I had to finish sculpting in one day, since porcelain is so finicky and prone to cracking or warping. Fortunately the long hours yielded a successful result.

Some Bright Green glaze colors the fish and tray interior.

Some Bright Green glaze colors the fish and tray interior.

 

Ryan's Green to Black glaze on the exterior, featuring results from a cone 10 salt firing.

Ryan’s Green to Black glaze on the exterior, featuring results from a cone 10 salt firing.

Kelly took my suggestions and examples of which pieces in her body of work I loved most and came up with this:

Watercolor painting on 8" x 8" cradled watercolor paper by Kelly McKernan.

Watercolor painting on 8″ x 8″ cradled watercolor paper by Kelly McKernan.

I know, right? Needless to say it’s gorgeous and I love it. The cradled watercolor paper doesn’t require framing, and just needs a wire installed on the back to hang. If you love it as much as I do the set of mini-prints on Kelly’s web store includes this image, which she titled Elide.

Artist trades really are the best!

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NCECA Conference 2013: Finale

Spring always keeps me busier than I expect, so in the interest in covering a lot of ground here’s the remainder of my photos from the most recent NCECA conference in Houston, TX. Almost all of them hail from the Santa Fe Clay La Mesa show, except for the last photo from a demonstration.

Bonnie Seeman cup and saucer.

Bonnie Seeman cup and saucer.

A gorgeous place setting by the popular potter Molly Hatch.

A gorgeous place setting by the popular potter Molly Hatch.

Bird plates by Donna Polseno.

Bird plates by Donna Polseno.

Lisa Clague sculptural cup.

Lisa Clague expressive sculptural cup.

Leanne McClurg handbuilt dishes.

Leanne McClurg handbuilt dishes.

 

Sculptural bird cup, also by Ms. McClurg.

Sculptural bird cup, also by Ms. McClurg.

 

Liz Quackenbush cobalt and gold luster plate.

Liz Quackenbush cobalt and gold luster plate.

 

Matt Hyleck simply patterned place setting.

Matt Hyleck simply patterned place setting.

Sam Chung slipcast dishes with artfully aligned rim coloration.

Sam Chung slipcast dishes with artfully aligned rim coloration.

 

Peter Beasecker porcelain string series plates.

Peter Beasecker porcelain string series plates.

 

Gwendolyn Yoppolo 2-person serving set with microcrystalline glazes.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo 2-person serving set with microcrystalline glazes.

 

Sunshine Cobb handbuilt earthenware basket with sandblasted glaze.

Sunshine Cobb handbuilt earthenware basket with sandblasted glaze.

 

David Crane beautifully glazed nested square plates.

David Crane beautifully glazed nested square plates.

 

Kristen Kieffer stamped and patterned place setting.

Kristen Kieffer stamped and patterned place setting.

 

Myungjin Kim place setting with beautiful black sgraffito drawings.

Myungjin Kim place setting with beautiful black sgraffito drawings.

 

Brenda Lichman large soda fired serving bowl.

Brenda Lichman large soda fired serving bowl.

 

Steven Godfrey bird-topped salt cellar jar.

Steven Godfrey bird-topped salt cellar jar.

 

Jake Allee cut and reassembled vase from a live demo.

Jake Allee cut and reassembled vase from a live demo.