Just in time for Fall

I have a fresh batch of leaf-shaped spoon rests and soap dishes in all the hues of Autumn-

Stoneware Red Oak Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Scarlet Finish 01 Alas-only one of the Red Oak leaf shaped dishes survived- but the finish on it is perfect.

Stoneware White Oak Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Scarlet Finish 01 I love how the Temmoku underglaze interacted with the Satin Matte Red Glaze.The mottled effect is almost a dead ringer for real fallen oak leaves.

Stoneware Sugar Maple Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Gold Finish 01 Most of the Sugar Maple trees in the woods behind my parent’s house turn a pale gold mottled with brown and orange similar to the finish on these dishes.

Leaf shaped ceramic spoon rests in all the hues of Autumn from The Farmhouse Atelier 01 Ceramic leaf shaped dishes in shades of Autumn Scarlet, Gold and Celadon Green mottled with brown.

Porcelain Leaves

Another batch of leaf-shaped porcelain spoon rests and soap dishes are glazed and out of the kiln-

porcelain leaf shaped soap dishes and spoon rests by mj seal
On this batch of leaves I applied two layers of Nutmeg to the backs and sides; three layers of Yellow glaze to the top surfaces and a thin layer of Temmoku to the back, sides and top edges. The result was this interesting cheesecake like finish.
porcelain sassafras leaf shaped soap dish by mj seal
I coated the back and sides of this Sassafras leaf shaped dish with two layers of Nutmeg glaze. On the top surface I applied three layers of Seaweed. Then a applied a thin glaze of Temmoku along the top edges, sides and back. The final result was strangely retro and psychedelic.
red oak leaf spoon rest made from porcelain by mj seal
The coral red glaze on this Red Oak leaf shaped soap dish came out very intense. The effect is nice especially along the edges where I applied a bit of Temmoku- but could use a little tweaking.
porcelain chestnut oak leaf spoon rest by mj seal
On this Chestnut Oak leaf shaped spoon rest I applied a this glaze of Temmoku over two layers of nutmeg- which created this rich, bronzed brown finish.
porcelain leaf shaped christmas tree ornaments

Head Start on the Holidays

I got the first batch of porcelain  holiday ornaments cut out- hopefully they will survive the drying process- with the leaves you never know.

porcelain leaf shaped christmas tree ornaments
This first batch of leaf shaped ornaments will be hanging by the stems- hopefully they will be strong enough when fired to hold together.
porcelain holiday ornaments from the farmhouse atelier
Some retro/modern shapes in this batch of porcelain ornaments
porcelain jewelry pendants from the farmhouse atelier
I went ahead and cut out another batch of jewelry pendants- I have several more glazes I want to experiment with and smaller pieces are good candidates for finishes when you have no idea what the final result will be.
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.