Darrell, Thaks for posting these. The first one makes me want to put on one of those old viking horn hats, very Nordic. Second one I like nice finish, it doesn't appear to be a crackle, or is it? Third one is great, outstanding glaze. I personally would have like to see feet or it raised just a touch more. The fourth looks like a ton of grog was added, I'm glad it was a test . Well done, feel free to post more of your work.
I "painted" it with slip mixed with regular horticultural sand. But the slip shrank while the sand didn't :-(. I've done some more (not fired yet) where I'm mixing the sand in with the clay beforehand, and they are coming out more like what I want. Just a bit more work!
I guess I am lucky that Darrell lives just across the river, as I got dibs on that pot! I have only seen a couple of Darrell's pots, but from what I have seen he is on his way to being a great pot builder. I do have a pot on order from Darrell that should be fired soon, and I hope he posts it for all to see (it will match up with an unusual lodgepole pine that I collected this fall and will work with Mike Hagedorn in the coming years). I hope that the pot on order and pot #3 above are the first of many pots I purchase from Darrell.
One that one, I brushed a mixture of plain sand and slip over the leatherhard pot. It looked pretty good until I fired it, when the slip shrunk a lot. Perhaps another coat or two of plain slip brushed on after the sand/slip mix would make it a little more subtle.