I’ve been spending a lot of time making new paint palettes. After the honey bee and dragonfly palettes, I designed a few simpler ones based on patterns in nature, specifically animal patterns. These patterns were inspired by fish scales, snakeskin, and armadillo bands.
Most recently, I’ve been working on a series of seasonal palettes. First came the “cloud” palette for fall. It features a cluster of interlocking rain clouds hovering over a large rectangular well where an abandoned umbrella sits surrounded by puddles. More recently, I’ve been working on the winter themed “polar bear” palette. It features a bear emerging from a forest of tessellating pine trees as he trudged through the snow.
While I’ve been super busy with these projects, there have been a number of setbacks, mostly due to my aging kiln. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new one several weeks ago. As I eagerly await its arrival, I’m going to shift gears and spend more time painting. Honestly, not having to think about the technical aspects of ceramics for a little while will be refreshing.