the dahlhaus collection, I wanted the work to stand out, to be recognized without having to turn over the bottom to see the stamp. Using a complex glaze method (that I thought no one would be crazy enough to copy), I developed patterns and a glaze style that was uniquely my own. All that to say that on the 3rd-4th day of glazing a kiln-load of work, my hands are tired and I wish I hadn't made it so complicated and hard on myself. And then I pull out a glaze full of lovely patterns and I'm back to seeing why my work has stood out and is in demand and I love what I do. I truly believe that work that is hard to make is worth making and really forges new ground within the history of a craft.
All this to say, however, that there are times when I long for 'simple' and when I wish that that mere form and colour could inform the work. Also the busyness of all the patterns all together can get a little overwhelming for me, and there are times when I think it would be nice to have a hit of simple colour in the midst of the patterns when they are all grouped together.
So here it is, my slowly evolving colour-fade line of ceramics. It's a small collection of work that I've been mulling over, occasionally deciding to glaze one or 2 pieces in a kiln load, just to see what I think. This year I decided to be a bit more deliberate with this work. I am in the process of thinking about a Rothco-inspired vase series with some taller cylinder vases, just trying to sort out how the lines and edges will over-lap to best create this work. With the images above, the bottom bowls are the first 'dipped' edges that I worked on back in 2010, and then last year for the blue and white show, I made the mugs, then before my last photoshoot, I worked on the vases and large bowl. There are slight variations to how the white glaze meets the colour glaze that I was testing out. Please don't hesitate to let me know what you think!
*Thank you to all those who have purchased teapots from my shop over the past couple of weeks that the Bon Appetit article has been out! I am glazing more teapots this week (and making more) and I very much appreciate the support of my work!