Friday, August 6, 2010

Stoneware Vase In Watercolor

"Stoneware With Glaze Splatters"
7" x 9" Watercolor

Last weekend I spent an hour in the morning on our back patio painting a large stoneware vase I had set in the sun next to the lawn. I wanted a nice light/shadow pattern to play with. I was in the shade though as it was probably 100 degrees already even at 10 a.m. The vase is one of my husband's beautiful buff-colored stoneware pieces which he forms on the wheel with ribs held on the inside of the cylinder of clay while the vase shape developes. This method creates an outside surface texture that is organic and earthy. It was fun to work with dry-brush watercolor textures on cold press paper to depict pottery that has the same type of surface treatment. This was done in a Canson Montval watercolor sketchbook and was built up with 4-5 glazes layers.