I’ve made a few new raindrop bowls lately, and the image to the left shows off the new green raindrop bowl that I completed a few days prior to the Sedona Arts Festival show I attended a few weeks ago. I’ve been playing with putting more clear in the bottom layer of the bowl to allow for more light transmission and I think it works well. The extra light transmitted through the clear allows you to better see the various colors I’ve mixed into the body of the bowl.
There has been a bit of challenge to the process of making raindrop bowls lately, as I’ve also been trying to figure out how to estimate the right amount of frit balls to be incorporated into each piece based on the raindrop bowls that have been most successful getting through the fusing and slumping processes and feel best in the hand when you pick them up. I’ve been working out the grams of frit balls per square inch of the successful bowls and then calculating an estimate for the proper number of grams of frit balls for the new piece based on the diameter of the mold I’m using to hold the frit in shape. This green raindrop bowl was one of the first I estimated this way and it turned out just right! It’s nice to have a good method behind the art to make creating these raindrop bowls a bit more predictable.
The other thing I’ve been playing with is the different bowl molds I have on hand. I’ve been trying out the different molds to see which I like best for the raindrop bowls, to see which show off the texture and colors the best. This mold is one that I’ve used in the past for making my tie dye bowls with the pot melt process. I’ve always liked the organic feel to those bowls as well as the way the mold transmitted light through the bowl. I wanted to check out whether the mold would work well for the raindrop bowls too, and I think that this green raindrop bowl shows that the mold does indeed work very well.
All in all, this green raindrop bowl feels especially satisfying after learning so much in the process of creating it.
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