Snow not required…..

Bloomersnowmanfired

Okay, I got carried away before I remembered to take a picture of him.  You can see that his shoes and hat have a very cool texture from the fired glaze.  I just love this glaze, it at one time was available in soooo many colors.  Unfortunately, there are only at most 4 colors produced anymore, browns, gray and black.  I will be very sad when my fun colors are all gone.  Until then though, they add so much character to the finished pieces.  The snow bits are all finished in the matt glaze.  He glows instead of shines, sometimes it is more flattering to your projects if you let the whole speak as one, instead of one section drawing all the eyes attention.

When I first started taking ceramic classes, you either used all fired on products ie: underglazes, glazes or you used all acrylic products on your project.  You never mixed the two medias on one project.  I couldn’t wait to break that rule!  I encouraged all my students to mix them when they wanted to.  It took more planning of course.  You had to get all the sections you preferred to use glazes on finished first so that they could be fired prior to using the acrylic products which are non fired.  But the results were always worth the work.

Mr Snowman now has red bloomers with red suspenders, he has a copper band on his hat and copper buttons.  Oh, and his snowflake has been glittered.  There is still more to do.  I have found that when using red acrylics, many many many coats are required to achieve a beautiful solid color.  I have quite a few more coats to go before I will attain the full coverage I would like.  But, you can already see why I love this snowman so much!  Cyn

 

 

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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