Even though the leaves are still green and the temperatures still hot, the days are getting shorter and fall will be here before we know it. I am very excited about creating harvest themed ceramics! My new projects for this year are wheel-thrown acorns, pumpkins, and gourds. Perfect for seasonal harvest arrangements and decor. The gourds can be turned around just for Halloween to display a spooky face! Afterwards, flip back around for the rest of your fall holiday season. I can’t decide which place to display them, but I’m leaning towards the bookcase or the mantle, or even my foyer accent table. I might just have to put up more than one! The gourds will be available in three different sizes; small, medium, and large. We also crafted a solid gourd as a focal point for a Fall Harvest arrangement or table centerpiece. Take a look. A variety of sizes and shapes are available in our Esty shop and on our Leaman Pottery website.
I have to admit, I got a little nostalgic carving the spooky faces. It reminded me of carving pumpkins with my children when they were little…so many years ago. Although I’m glad these aren’t as messy to display as those real pumpkins! Plus they will last a lot longer too! However, this project hasn’t been without it’s messes. One of the new glaze colors we were experimenting with melted off the gourds right onto the kiln shelf! Glaze is actually a type of glass, so you can just imagine the mess I found when we opened the kiln! Needless to say, we are starting over with that gourd color! You might see it available next month, if we can get it right. The whole process takes about 4 weeks, so it’s a big gamble making new glaze recipes. Waterfall Brown glaze was a new experiment last year, and that is now one of my favorite go-to colors.
Hope everyone is staying sane and staying safe!
Lucinda and Jim