Friday, December 17, 2010

Kiln Load 12/16/2010 All Glaze

This load included some of my bigger pieces, thrown with fresh clay that allowed some experimentation.  After throwing nothing but smaller pieces with my recycled (and less bodied) clay, this was a lot of fun. Click on photos for larger view.
Slab-built Tea Pot.  16" tall

The pot at left is built of slabs with a pulled handle.  It stands about 16" tall.  I just love this form - it looks sexy from all angles.  This one survived the rigors of drying in my busy studio. A similar form lost its handle last year.

Thrown vase with black slip. 12" tall

The vase on the right was thrown and coated with black slip.  A coating of Sodium Silicate was applied and allowed to dry.  Then the pot was expanded to its final form, creating the surface texture you see.  A verigated blue glaze was applied with great results.

This is a 16" tall carafe with red iron oxide accents under a Nutmeg semi-matt glaze.

7" tall pot using the same technique as the larger pot.
Waterfall Brown glaze over clear over black slip.

A very nice & light 10" mixing bowl with verigated blue glaze providing nice color breaks.

This slab-built piece is for our daughter's coffee house in San Luis Obispo.  Sally Loo asking people not to put stuff on the pot-belly stove.

This is a nice vase about 10" tall.  I had good results with Waterfall Brown over Verigated Blue over clear.  Some crawling on the rim (not sure why) but it's a good effect.

I had a few more coffee mugs to fire.  These will probably go to the coffee house for sale.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Latest

This is a design I've been working with for a while.  I fired a similar piece last year at about this time, but the handle broke prior to bisque firing, and I modified the piece to a handle-less design.  I'm hoping this one survives to completion.

It's assembled out of 5/16" thick slabs and has a very striking shape - much like that of a woman's ankle. . . I has a different look from every angle.  I really like the flowing free-form style of the form.  I'll be producing more of these, and cups, to explore the form and allow the evolution of the design to take its course -