Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Salt Glaze Stoneware

I have always been drawn to the grey pottery with blue designs known as salt glaze pottery, maybe because of the blue designs. The pieces are made by wheel turning or hand building, and the decorative designs are hand applied by slip trailing or brushing. As they are baked in a kiln, salt is introduced at a very high temperature, and this produces a glassy, pebbley coating on the pottery. Here are some pieces from my collection.  It comes from all over the eastern and mid-western United States, (Beaumont from York, Maine, Rowe and Wisconsin Potteries from Wisconsin) and has been collected as we have travelled, although we had a potter here in an adjacent town (Stebner Pottery from Hartville, OH).  Does anyone recognize these potters? All are new pieces.  And yes, I do use them.







Today I saw this gorgeous card made by Leni.  I dropped everything to see if I could make my own version, substituting a stoneware crock for her bucket.  Here is my card. 


I hand-drew the shape of the crock onto grey cardstock, then used these little flowers from a Hero Arts sentiment set to simulate the designs often seen on this kind of pottery, shading it with grey and brown inks.  Then I stamped and colored 3 hydrangeas and added them to the pot.  I'm really pleased with my approximation of these treasures!  And thank you, Leni, for your inspiration - I spent a very happy couple of hours putting this together!

Supplies: HA stamps K5376 Hydrangea, CL380 Truly Appreciated (floral design on pot), CL371 Essential Messages for sentiment, CG125 Friend Definition, grey, white, pale and dark blue cardstocks, colored pencils, Adirondack Denim dye ink, Stampology Onyx ink, Palette Burnt Umber ink,  Nesties Labels Eight

25 comments:

  1. Oh, my word....this is gorgeous, LIn! It does indeed look like the actual stoneware pottery! And you cut and colored three hydrangea blooms? Amazing....just amazing!

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  2. Lin- totally Stunning!!!! It is just like your lovely salt glazed pottery. You are so clever to make the pot. It looks real.

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  3. wow! gorgeous card, LIn! love your hand drawn stoneware! amazing work of art!! love this!!

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  4. Your pottery is gorgeous Lin and I love how you created a salt glaze vase on your card - it looks so realistic! Gorgeous hydrangeas and distressing too!

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  5. Love to see how you were inspired! I also love the Friends cling as background for your image - delightful!

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  6. Wow! Beautiful card, Lin! Fun to see where you got all your inspiration too.

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  7. Lin this is gorgeous, love the stoneware and the blooms are beautiful in the pot!

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  8. I would've loved sitting next to you while you put this one together, Lin! Great inspiration! The hand drawn pot is so lovely! The way you've colored it makes it look so real! LOVE the hydrangeas! Your creativity amazes me....this is gorgeous! :)

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  9. Time well spent! This is gorgeous.

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  10. ah lin, you and your flowers in pots and jars. :) the stamps will be available june 23. love your card!

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  11. The hydrangeas and the crock are just GORGEOUS, beautiful work!

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  12. Hello Lin! I am so glad you found me and visa versa!!!

    This card is amazing! I love your free-handed crock..it should be a stamp!!!

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  13. Hi Lin, this is a gorgeous card--I love how you got your inspiration to create your card. I love how you drew the crock to put the flowers in. Thanks for the encouraging words that you left on my blog; very much appreciated. Hugs to you.

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  14. Fantastic!!!! Looks just like the stoneware. WOnderful card.

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  15. So lovely, Lin! What a beautiful crock you've created!

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  16. Amazing collection of stoneware, Lin! It's no wonder you were inspired to fabricate your own crock for your amazing grouping of hydrangeas. You are truly so inspiring!
    bless you,
    nancy

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  17. Lin your card is so incredibly beautiful!!! Your pot collection is so nice and I am just in awe that you made a pot that looks so life like out of paper! Great job!!! Your coloring is just so incredibly beautiful too! :)

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  18. LOVE this! Saw this in HA Twitter and just had to tell you that! Congrats!

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  19. Love your collection and this lovely card!

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  20. Lin this is just stunning! Love it!

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  21. Such a fabulous collection!
    And gorgeous card!

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  22. amazing collection! you should frame your beautiful creation and put it up w/ your pottery!

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  23. WOw! Amazing creation! Love the hydrangea bouquet in its vase!

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  24. Hi I just love what you did with the hydrangea i have that stamp not by HA couldn't get it but it is similar i am itching to try something like this thanks for the inspiration love your work Karen in Ontario

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Thank you so much for your kind comments - they make my day!