This vase was hand-built in the shape of two overlapping cranes standing in a bed of tall grasses. It was sold before I measured it (oops!), but stood approximately 18 inches tall. The vase did have a name, however – a dear friend christened it “Tut Tut”.
“Clyde” is a crane, and my biggest vase of 2011 – he stands just over 23 inches tall.
This vase is sculpted in the shape of a dancing crane, 19 inches tall.
The Mamo vase was hand built and shaped, then painted with a slip that the foliage design is carved into.
My latest round of plates includes this new color combination – a striking contrast between designs carved in black underglaze under a warm honey-colored (food safe!) glaze.
Of course, not all flowers need be bright – I also really enjoy the simplicity of black designs against a subtle, not-too-white glaze.
I headed into the winter of 2011 – 2012 making floral plates and platters – lots of color to focus on as the days got dark and cold. Designs are painted in underglaze then carved for greater detail – so no two pieces are ever quite alike.