an assortment of faux bois candle holders by MJ Seal

Ghost Forest

So my first batch of tree stump porcelain candle sticks are glazed and fired. I chose a warm white glaze that when fired produced this nice matte finish mottled with patches of pearl-gray. I also made a few that would make a nice flower bud vase (or pencil holder) and a few shot glasses. And like most of my sculpted works these are very animated. I have another batch with darker glazes I will be posting photos of soon.

tree stump candlesticks made from porcelain by MJ Seal
A ghost forest of porcelain tree stump shaped candlesticks, shot glasses and mini vases.
a porcelain tree stump mini vase by MJ Seal
A tree stump shaped miniature flower vase. This would also work well as a candlestick or pencil holder
a porcelain tree stump shot glass by MJ Seal
This miniature tree stump would make an excellent shot glass.
an assortment of faux bois candle holders by MJ Seal
They came out looking vaguely like the driftwood tree stumps you see washed up on beaches in the Sea Islands
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.