Mist Enshrouded Mountain Gap

Some very soft atmospheric effects in this piece- it looks like maybe a ¬†bird’s eye view of one of the gaps in the Massanutten complex of mountains east of here in rainy, foggy weather- perhaps in late Winter or early March.

an original landscape painting by MJ Seal
“Mist Enshrouded Mountain Gap”- Original Painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas, 14″ x 11″. C. 2016
a batch of white leaf shaped porcelain spoon rests and soap dishes

Experimenting with Glazes for Porcelain

So I finally have the results of my second batch of leaf shaped porcelain spoon rests and soap dishes. With these I tried out a number of different glazes and experimented with layering and application.

porcelain spoon rests
A selection of experimental glazes on porcelain spoon rests by MJ Seal
a batch of white leaf shaped porcelain spoon rests and soap dishes
My favorites from this batch were leaves that I underglazed with Temmoku (a translucent brown/black glaze) and top coated with an opaque warm white glaze.
White Oak Leaf porcelain spoon rest
A White Oak Leaf porcelain spoon rest (also makes a good soap dish)
a detail of a tuliptree leaf shaped soap dish
The Temmoku underglaze bubbles up into the white overglaze creating this beautiful marbled effect
a tuliptree leaf soap dish with an antique bronze finish by MJ Seal
The Saturation Gold glaze didn’t come out of the kiln quite as I expected. At the temperature these pieces were cooked at (2300+) it turned into a rich, dark bronze with splashes of antique gold and iridescent metallic blue
A white oak leaf shaped porcelain spoon rest with a bronzed brown finish by MJ Seal
Another combination of glazes that turned out nicely was applying Temmoku over a thick layer of Nutmeg (a warm orange-brown glaze). It creates a rich bronzed-brown effect.