Posts Tagged ‘ceramics’

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36.8 Translating quilting pattern to Ceramic

March 7, 2015

Hey!

I have started to look at EQ7 again with my March-A-Long goals. Later today is the day I meet with the quilter for the Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt.

So I have been doing some quiet quilting, even a little applique at the car oil change place!

Yesterday I had a unique art experience I had to share at Sunfire Ceramics.

There is this cute little shop in Lawrence KS just downtown off to the side a little bit. And they have all these unglazed pots, bowls, cups, teapots, figurines, etc.

And they have these little tables and whole bunches of glaze that people can come & paint onto their ceramics of their choice.

I have had a coupon (groupon) for like ‘ever’, even bought a 2nd one before using my first.

I have been thinking I was going to paint a teapot. But I like mugs.

And a few months ago, I was planning on going on a monday day off, but they’re closed Mon & Tues. So I decided to take a quilting pattern, one I quilted on the Dancing Ribbons quilt with corners to put on either the teapot/mug.

When I got there, I looked at the shapes of the items, and I decided to make 2 objects, neither of them a teapot.

Finished photo first, after several hours of listening to their music, chilling out at the studio.

Dahlia in ceramics painted

The dahlia is one I quilted in the background on the Dancing Ribbons quilt:

quilting corner tricord colors

Which almost shows up in the picture above, but not exactly.

Anyway, the dahlia had 10 points, so I wasn’t able to divide it into 3 colors to match the tricord colors.

So I put the blue in as a 4th color & alternated rows & colors. Then decided dark teal for the lines & the outside instead of the dark blue.

How did I follow the pattern?

Pencil marks. You take the pattern, trace it over with pencil.

dahlia drawing from pinterest

Then I flipped it over pencil (drawing side) down on top of the plate. I originally tried rubbing with eraser, and that was leaving a little bit of a mark, but not a full mark.

Then I decided to trace the back with pencil, thinking that the pencil on the front would rub off with more pressure on the back. And it worked. The lines on the ceramic were thinly there, but they were there enough to go back & retrace again on the ceramic itself with pencil.

dahlia pencil marks on ceramics

And then after that point I didn’t get any more pictures until the end except for my inspirational art deco pictures I found in a book that was at the shop.

art deco border inspiration

And the setup of the whole table picture.

scene at the ceramics place before painting

The glazes are in the size of the little paints bought at michaels, walmart, etc, and the pallet & paintbrush are there to hold them. It was like going back 20 years to my ceramics class in college.

I also painted a mug as well, with 2 sides. This one also with the same color family to “match”.

painted mug with flower stamp

This side was from a stamp. I had to help enhance the stamp a bit & I  sorta like it, I wonder how it will look when finished.

painted mug with borders

The other side I was using some swoops and dots to make borders. I am a right handed person, so this will be the side I will see the most.

I think I am less happy with the mug because I didn’t have a plan of attack on it, I just wanted to do something nice with borders. I had forgotten to bring my drawing borders book that I own for further inspiration. I never found a book at the library before coming that was perfect inspiration either.

Anyway, next time (I have to come back sometime & do a bargello style mug, I have decided) I will do something different, maybe I will make a red & black one to match my red & black quilt too. I imagine for the bargello mug I will use a stencil or ruler to draw straight lines with.

I wish I would have planned the mug a day ago, I have a picture in my mind to match the red & black quilt, I think that would be nice on a mug!

I used a dark teal as the base of these items, I hope it’s a good enough color combo. We’ll see in a week when the thing gets fired. They put a top coat glaze over the top that is shiny to make the ceramics able to eat off off.

Anyway that’s my non-quilting/quilting adventures for Friday. A lovely day off!

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35.1 Non-quilting art and scrapitude on MDSI weekend

May 26, 2014

I have been having a blast during this Memorial Day Sew In (#MDSI on twitter) weekend – aka Memorial Day weekend for quilting muggles.

It has been wonderful to have a balance of online and offline experiences this weekend, which just makes everything so much rounder & more in depth than one or the other – which usually happens.

I got a few things done around the house, but nothing major or specific to the holiday except for yesterday when I went crazy for a snake found in our yard – no sign of him today – thank goodness.

The long weekend time was well deserved off.

I spent time on Saturday getting ready to see my friend and then spontaneously we decided to go downtown to see some stuff!

The first thing was this strange 3D installation at the Art Center. There was this large wire structure and various arrows and numbers, but the colored blocks in this were all fabric. Solids, and I saw the selvage on a piece or two, but the fabric was wrapped around the wire. So 3D quilt type thing?? Not exactly.

artfabricmetal3d

And there was an interpretive set of pieces in the next room, one of which looked like feathers.

artworklookslikefeathers

 

And there was a nice technique that I really liked in this watercolor/wax creation.

watercolorandwax

 

Which I wonder if it would translate to fabric dying? I like the pooling of darker colors at the bottom of the piece and the shiny way this works and reminds you of 3D pieces on a 2D space.

And then we went to this ceramics place where they make all the ceramics, and charge a fee for customers to come in and paint on the various types of ceramics and then you get to keep a personalized piece after they fire it!

So many choices at the ceramics shop! And examples to look at.

teapot2

Some other pieces that were finished from other customers.

finihsed pieces

There are stamps in addition to stencils.

stamps

And I could take my own design (*cough* quilt block *cough*) and recreate it in pottery and always look at it for ever & ever. Now to decide on the design, I have a half off coupon which expires at the end of summer.

And I just love looking at the pieces, finished and not finished.

watermelonbowl

And after all this fun, we went back to my friend’s house and LynAnne finished a quilt top that just had a few more rows to sew together!

lynannequilttop

And I worked on applique pieces, sewing them down to the background. Currently (monday afternoon) I have 4 left to sew down out of 16. Not exceedingly exciting and I’ve shared it somewhere in the previous post.

Then Sunday was my 5K distance walk/run training / regular workout.

And more hand sewing & twitter.

Then this morning, we decided to go fishing and I at least caught one.

darlacaughtafishmemorialday2014

And this afternoon, I finally finished all the straight-line stitching on soft scrapitude and now have to fill in more on the FMQ.

scrapitude straight lines complete

I have yet to completely decide on the larger triangles, but I think I am doing vines in some of the ‘v-shapes’.  And I don’t do feathers often, but I do do pearls.

scrapitude pearls in boxes

I am trying to make myself find designs that are not just in the piecing. I like using the piecing for my ‘custom FMQ’, but branching out into the negative space is nice too. I have a lot of quilts that could benefit from some FMQ marathons.

And the other day, my friend opened up a small modern quilt fabric shop in the neighboring very small town, and I went to the dollar store afterwards and found this strange colored headband that reflects either pink or blue depending on the light. This is strange fabric and may have to find a place in one of my quilts one day.

Please excuse the strange top of head shot to follow.

strangeheadband