These are the finials I've been working on lately. Decided to make all of these with birds on top. I don't know if I'll do any other designs. Seems like most people go for the ones with the birds. I have a couple of glazes in mind for these. I've only recently tested the one so it's not exactly a proved glaze. It looks promising though- sort of a stoney blue-green grayish matte. The other is more of a satin green, a little bit like oxidized copper, but darker.
It's been a bit of a relief to do some purely decorative work. Sometimes the workmanship of making sure a lid fits properly and has the right shape for the jar, etc. gets to be, well, work.
I'm undecided about this glaze. I made these plates for a customer who previously ordered mugs and bowls in the same glaze. It's called "Cream Rust", and you can see where it is a cream where thick or overlapped. Nice, but I've found it doesn't show the stamped designs I like to use, or lettering like I used on the mug below.
Different glaze. Similar, but more burnt orange than rust. I made this for the Cabin Fever Run, which is a Marietta cross country team fundraiser.
View 2: I like the way the lettering shows up with this glaze. When I tried this with the "Cream Rust" it got the hammer treatment.