Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Broaches, not cookies

nearly edible 
When I was in Arizona visiting my mom, I saw broaches that  had magnets instead of pins affixed to the backs. This struck me as a brilliant solution to the problem of placing a pin in just the right spot; easy to move around and no stabbing. I promptly laid in a supply of strong magnets and got down to business producing porcelain broaches.

tray of sketches on broaches
I am always in need of something simple and small to use to sketch ideas and to warm up the slip-trailer before tackling large pieces. I used to use tiles for this, but this winter I started making tiny (2 1/2") dishes which are perfect warm-up pieces. Last month, I made dozens of small ovals in porcelain to hold in reserve to sketch on, but I apparently have no impulse control because I decorated all of them at once.

 jewelry, not cookies
A wareboard full of these is irresistible, I simply can't stop decorating with just a few. I guess I had better find a place to sell these.
waiting for glaze
I have a kiln full (dozens and dozens!) of these firing right now, in black & white and blue & white. I hope the glaze is nice and thick and glossy with no blurring. Stay tuned...

I like the sculptures of Brendan Monroe


  1. Love them, especially the faces!! Our Chico pins are fastened using the magnets as well. Great idea!

  2. Great idea. Those are all super fun and I bet they'll be good sellers too.


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