I finally had a chance to photograph our finished ceramic pieces from the Mud Oven (you can read more about the process here and here). We picked them up back in early October, mine was tucked away at the back of their studio on the shelving unit along all the other finished pieces waiting for pick-up. Lee’s on the other hand had made it to their front window and was on display for anyone walking by to see, how exciting!
Both our pieces turned out quite differently from what we imagined, as we knew they would.
Let’s first look back at what Lee’s owl planter looked like when we declared it completed and transferred it in the ready-to-be-glazed-and-fired section of the studio:
And now what it looks like after being glazed and fired:
Lee was a little bit disappointed the colors didn’t turn out as opaque and dark as the sample tiles. They suggest putting on 3 coats to get an opaque color with no streaks which is what we did, but I think we put them on too thinly since they also warned us an excessive amount could bubble and crack/peel during the firing. I think this gives personality and character to it, but it’s something we’ll know for next time.
Lee is happy to finally have a cute place to store all her paintbrushes, now if only we could get the office looking as cute we’d be set, but as they say “it has to get worse before it gets better”.
On my end, last time we left the studio, my yarn bowl looked like this:
And when we picked it up, it had turned into this:
I also expected my coloring to be more opaque (though mine makes more sense as to why it is so light since I used a sponge to achieve the gradient of colors). My plan was for the flowery design on the side to blend in with the bottom color and almost disappear (since it is the same color) but as the background color showed up lighter, that didn’t quite happen.
That being said I like it’s look very very much and I can’t wait to use it to hold my yarn while I crochet.
So you can truly see the difference, here are the before and afters side by side:
We truly enjoyed our experience at the Mud Oven and plan on going back to make more pieces in the future. Is this an activity you would do? As a date or with friends?