October is the month my mind usually turns towards Christmas, since that’s when I work on the ornaments I exchange with some of my artistic friends. This was the first of this year’s ornaments. It’s a smaller version of the plaque I made earlier this year, measuring around 2″ x 2.5″. Each one will be glazed a different color, so hopefully I’m not giving too much away by showing this one!
This piece is also a good example of the difference between background treatments, since the Concepts underglazes were used instead of the art glaze. I had removed the leaf pattern background that was present on the larger plaque. It is already pretty low-relief in the original, and with the reduction in size it was faint enough that I was pretty sure I would lose a lot of it when the greenware got wiped down during cleaning. That left a flat surface which doesn’t work as well with the art glaze, but it’s well-suited to a gradient tone using the Concepts.