This is a special order with the fish design on it with dogwood flowers. Can’t show the whole piece because it’s a surprise.
Pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with a traditional folk design using a wax-resist (batik) method.
Sue has been doing this craft for years. Both daughters have learned to do it and many other people have learned from Sue.
We’ve had friends coming in all week to do an egg with Sue.
Here is one our daughter CJ is working on. The wax is black and this egg is almost totally covered in it. Here she is using a hair dryer to melt the wax as she wipes it away to reveal…….
Looks like Gay Pride to me……to reveal her design. Each color is dyed on separately and the rest of the egg has to be resisted with wax so color won’t go everywhere only where you want it.
So on the egg above the white of the egg had to be waxed out first, then the remaining parts were dyed in succession of color, one over lapping the next.
Here are some finished eggs, with original designs.
Here’s where they wind up, in a basket for display on the dining table.
Sue’s been doing Pysanka eggs for years and it’s always nice to see them come out around the time of the spring equinox.
Sue decided to make several of her decorated slab mugs
Here she’s painted with colored slip on paper. The trick is to now transfer the slip painting to a clay slab.
After a little more decorating the image she moves it on top a slab of clay.
Then slowly reveals the image by carefully and slowly pulling the paper back and the image transfers from the paper to the clay.
Here she’s cut out the bottom of the mug.
Now she has all the pieces ready for the mug.
Here’s some more images she was working on today.
More work on Shabories in my studio and then we tried a new technique.
This is the size of a doo-rag, about 24 inches square. This piece of cotton is folded in triangles and then clamped tight and the edges are dipped in stain. This is what happens when it dries.
Sue is preparing a slab for hand built mug with insect design. Sue had a friend over and was showing her how to make this type of vessel.
One side of the cylinder is cut and folded in to make the bottom, I’ve shown this before in the blog.
Here is a pinch pot that Sue has put a relaxin kitty on…..
It was cold outside but hot with creativity in the studio.