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.