No More Boat Anchors!

What a great day in the studio despite the raining and blowing outside. A great friend came over with a tasty Greek salad and I provided warm bread sticks from the little country store down the road. Good conversation about our dogs and solving the worlds problems came to end all too soon. She needed to get home to walk the dog. My friend picked out one of the new blue glazed boat shapes that are textured with unique images, doodles and this and that. Like I’ve preached before, any pieces that I like (become boat anchors and never move) is a very good indicator that they will NOT be a good seller in the show room or at fairs. What a nice surprise to think that this trend may be ending! These boats just make me smile when I get them completed. My intentions were to stain them and use black glaze on the interior and edges. I’ve changed my mind and have finished them all differently. The glazed one was a huge surprise, it was a dusty blue and looked manly. I don’t like blue but blue sells, go figure? People try to match pottery to their sofa, so I have a lot of “Mother-In-law Blue” pieces available. But this blue had a variegated color to almost sandy brown tones. Unfortunately I was unable to take a photograph prior to the sale, but there are more boats and a 5-gallon bucket of that blue glaze just waiting to be used. Who knows, I may break down and glaze one in “Mother In-law Blue”!

drying on a bucket of glaze

By Deborah J. Bassett-Maxwell

Graduate of Kendall College of Design, Grand Rapids, MI Owner of Red Mudd Studio, Kimball, MI

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