Last week, before I went out of town for my twentieth college reunion, I shipped out the last of my subscriptions for this quarter. I'm so pleased with these large shallow bowls (8" x 1.5") that I'm adding them to my regular rotation. You'll find them in my shop later this week, on a made-to-order basis. I even kept one for myself, I liked it so much. It's a nice size for a dinner salad or one-dish supper like risotto or stew, anything brothy that might slosh off a plate. There's a nice rim but it's still low enough that you're not eating out of a bowl. I think I've finally figured out the glaze situation with this speckled clay; it's funny how different it is with aqua and white glazes, even though the base is the same. The white glaze seems to melt the manganese speckles more and there's movement to it, resulting in a more subtle bird's egg speckle. With the aqua glaze the speckles pop out but remain stationary. Ceramics chemistry is so fascinating.
I'm going to continue using this shape with my next subscription series. I'm changing the program up a bit. This time, there will be four pieces delivered over the next four months- May through August. Because there are more (and larger) pieces, I'm limiting the available subscriptions to ten. Both the price and the shipping are increasing a bit- larger pieces combined with higher shipping rates have been eating into my business account. The bowls will be the same size as the bowls above, but they'll be creamy stoneware with cobalt illustrations. Each group will have the same botanical theme, a different image each month. At the end of the subscription time, you'll have four large bowls or mugs. The pieces shown below are tests for this series. The largest bowl is the size I'm offering- I made the smaller sizes as a dessert set for my family.
Keep your eyes peeled! And thanks, all of you, for your continued support. I realized at my reunion that I've been doing this seriously since 2001, and full-time since 2009. Adding my teaching job has meant that I cram in my studio hours whenever I can, but it gives me such joy to see my work out in the world and in your homes. Thank you.