Pottery Hearts

Posted by Dani on June 9, 2012

I am a bit of a frustrated artist. Kind of messed up for an engineer, but there you go. I have dabbled over the years in several artistic odds and ends. I’ve tried some painting (see my watercolour in This Artist Fits My Budget), had lots of fun with photography, and even tried my hand at making jewelry. But the thing I’ve enjoyed the most over the years is pottery. There’s an inherent satisfaction in getting an immediate reward. Even the first lumpy project you create tends to look good when it’s glazed and fired. Plus you get to play around with mud and chitchat with a whole bunch of other women while you work. It’s very therapeutic. Unless your pieces keep getting smashed to bits as they work their way through the process – then it’s not so therapeutic. Which is often the case with me, but that’s another blog post.
Anyway, today I wanted to share with you some pottery hearts I made with leftover clay scraps. This is a very easy project for any of you who can get your hands on some clay – just 2 strips of clay dried in a heart shape. I have always loved having pottery in my garden and these make great garden ornaments – I have a series of them hanging on my deck wall.

Here is one in process:

And here are a few drying out. This is on a folding table in my dining room, because the actual dining table was covered in other pottery projects. Which is why we have been eating on the kitchen floor these days, but that is also another blog post.

Here’s the final product. Worth eating on the floor for, don’t you think? At least that’s what I keep telling my family.

Check out another pottery project, my blue spatter appetizer plates, here.




15 Responses to “Pottery Hearts”

  1. These are so whimsical and pretty…..very creative!
    I’m like you, in that i’ve dabbled in various creative pursuits. Only one that has stuck so far is photography! I love your spatter plates too 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much, Janet. And I LOVE the photography on your blog, and your great tutorials. I will be reading avidly in the hope of improving my shots!

  2. Dani says:

    Thanks so much! Pottery has been fun, but I also find myself drifting more and more toward photography. I finally got a decent camera last year, and I have been having some fun with it. I love digital – you can take hundreds of pics for fun and delete them all. Great way to learn!

  3. Lindsey says:

    These are beautiful! Fantastic job.

  4. Michele says:

    What great talent! Keep up the good work.

  5. I love these!! So cute. What a fabulous idea!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks for visiting, Anne. These are pretty easy to make if you can get your hands on any clay. And weather-proof too, so I can put them out in the garden. Draws attention away from the weeds 😉

  6. Debbie says:

    Wow, these look great! I’ve never tried pottery, have thought about it, though. I love what you created out of scrap!
    Debbie 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie. I encourage everyone to try pottery – with handbuilding, you can make something beautiful right away. And working with the clay is really relaxing.

  7. Heather says:

    These are so gorgeous – love the glossy finish too! You are very talented! Pinned and shared on facebook!

  8. Sherry Gorman says:

    I love these!!! You are so talented.
    May I ask how you fire these without the glaze sticking to the kiln shelf? I’m a newbie and still learning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much Sherry! Those hearts have a 1/4″ wax line along the bottom where there is no glaze. They are dipped lightly, so the glaze doesn’t run. If you want to dip the whole heart, you can use stilts to support them during firing. Does your studio have those? They are tiny pieces of ceramic with metal supports that keep your piece off the shelf. Good luck!

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