Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last of the Last - Photos

As I posted the other day, I made sure I was there yesterday for the unloading.  Only one piece exploded (not mine) and left a small piece on the lip of one of my pots, otherwise my stuff turned out ok.
So here's what you showed up for - the pics:


Cups to match

3 piece set

A different cut to stop the glaze

Small Pot 3.5"

Hagi Porcelain

Experiment w/ Underglazes

The glazes didn't turn out exactly as planned, but then we are often surprised with the results - right?
I know the teapot is non-functional, but would appreciate any comments or critiques on the works.  How else will I learn?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last of the Last

Made a trip over to the studio at the University on Friday.  I had about a dozen pieces that were begging to be glazed... that and the professor was scheduled to load the last glaze run of the semester that afternoon.  So I used most of the remaining Licorice, threw in some Rif Red here and there, and a good measure of Floating Blue, and Oriblue (Oribe Green that doesn't turn green!)
Had a small coffee cup plate, a handful of nicely shaped yunomi, some guinomi, and a teapot with 2 cups.  I am just hoping the glazes behave and don't run past the wax resist... at least not too much.   I had one vase I didn't know what to do with... so I tried a variation of Luke Langholz's mountain vases.  However since I don't use slips, I used wax resist to see if I can get the same look as his... I guess I won't know till tomorrow!  I will post pics as soon as I can get the pieces out of the kiln.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Demos, demos, demos...

After seeing my finished pieces I had to get busy and wedge up some clay for demos.  The students have never watched as someone sat at the wheel and created a piece.  So I did several pieces for each of the 5 classes.  Below is a photo summary of the results... luckily, I didn't lose a single piece!

Now to see what glazes I can play with for these!

Two sets of Keepers!

Emptied the test kiln this morning, and was VERY pleasantly surprised!  I think you will be too.

First is the set of three yunomi, done in a root-beer float glaze, with a band of electric blue mahjolica in the top crease.

Next is a set with a guinomi, a yunomi, and a chawan, all done with a cool white interior and upper band, with the outside done in wintergreen glaze.  I love the way the clay shows through on these three pieces.

Comments?  Critiques?  Both are more than welcome!