I really enjoyed the slip trailing technique that I learned to replicate the salt glazed crocks and jugs of the 18th and 19th centuries. Slip trailing is a technique of taking liquefied clay and adding a mineral colorant like cobalt and piping it onto the pottery. (Very similar to cake decorating, no?)
In folk pottery slip trailing was done with a simple cup that had a straw sticking out the bottom for a tip. It took great skill to get the beautiful designs you see on old pottery.
I did slip trailing with a Clairol squeeze bottle as my tool.
I then started using the slip-trailing techniques in a new way.
And garden art...
and hanging ones.
I left behind the craft show days and started doing art fairs and gallery shows.
I loved making this slip-trailed work but it didn't sell very well. I have no clue why.
Which brings up the ages old question of whether an artist/craftsperson should make work they enjoy or work they can sell. It can be very difficult to find that happy middle place of making work you love to make and work that other people love too.
Looking at these photos makes me want to get back in my studio and do some more slip-trailing. Just for fun.