Chris - I understand what you are saying about the design and the glaze. Any ideas on what would work? I'll definitely be tweaking for awhile. Thanks! I am heading down to the studio here in just a bit to throw some pots.
2. White slip and scrafitto could be a really good look. I'll definitely consider it.
Thanks guys. Keep it coming.
3. What specifically do you find amateurish? They certainly are not perfect. In some ways, they are not meant to be. If I was trying to perfectly duplicate leaves, I would have added vanes, etc. But, I am trying to work in my bark-like texture that I enjoy doing into the leaves and do something unique. But, I'll definitely take your thoughts under advisement and check out some leaves.
5. I might be able to repeat the line. I don't know. The idea was to suggest movement and flow. I feel like both the rim and the design do that. Now, they might not mix together well, but that was the thought.
Maybe amateurish was the wrong word. I know, or I think I know that you are goingfor a more stylized look of "leaf.'
If you are serious about decorating, then you need to develop a "vocabulary of images that you can draw upon.
In my own work, I use a fish motif, a swirling circle, spirals, banding and patterning. My designs have come from thousands of hours of decorating pots. I have long moved away from the real fish, but I am always looking at images to paint.
Check out my youtube video
You will see me painting a fish on a jar. Hard to do with a camera stuck in your face.
As Simon Leach says, keep practicing.