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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almost Jun One

Here's the glaze:
20  Custer
22  Gerstley Borate
12  Frit 3134
20  Silica
16  Whiting
8    Zinc
4    Wood Ash
2    Bone Ash
Here's the temp:  fired to 2200 degrees F. with a 15 minute hold
It's a pretty little glaze, fully vitrified and shows signs of blue opalization.

Still -- it needs some tweaking.

Happy and successful glazing days, folks

Greek Teapot

Ever notice something that reminded you not so much of its function, but resembled instead, a country of origin?
The line, the body and structure, the colors -- seem to touch some universal chord which touches a subliminal memory of mankind's history especially remeniscent of a place in time?
The following teapot is such.  It's wheel thrown and altered.  As i sat at the spinning wheel that day with a lump of clay revolving on the bat in front of me, i let go of all "thought" and just let the clay work its magic into shape and form.  Even later, after the first bisque firing, as i applied the glazes -- they, more than i, dictated their direction.  Could i say they applied themselves.  Hmmm . . . you probably wouldn't believe that.  But, in essence, they did.
And so, you have before you a teapot which pours perfectly, no drops left behind on the spout after the cup is full, and which has, more or less, created itself from some distant universal memory of existence, some distant time in history, some distant place.

And who knows, maybe that mystical place was Greece in an era of  "way back when". 
                                 At least, i'd like to think so . . . .

 Happy memories, folks

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Juggernaut Series

I only unplugged one cord !  But that one little item was enough to really, really mess me up. 
My memory is still pretty good -- especially if i can find the piece of paper on which i wrote things down.  And my eyesight is pretty terrific.  Can still see well enough to thread the eye of a very small needle, even if those dratted eye-exam cards print their "h's" to look like "n's" and the "o's" greatly resemble "p's"!
However, even with a good memory and terrific eyesight, that one unplugged cord wasted hours of my time.  Who would-a done thought that the computer printer wouldn't work if it wasn't plugged in ??!!!

Ah sure now, onwards and upwards towards more interesting items.  As you know from previous posts, i've developed a grand interest in creating tall pots.  My glaze combos on said pots needs some fine tuning, but here they are with all their warts . . . .

 13 inches tall x 6 n' 1/2 inches wide.

11 n' 1/2 inches tall x 5 inches wide

Hopin' all your cords are plugged in, but if they're not, check your outlets before you panic !!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Marquis Series Two

 On this bowl i used John Post's Jen's Juicy Fruit:
10   EPK
9    Gerstley Borate
49  Neph Sye
12  Silica
11  Whiting
9    Lithium
4  Soda Ash
1    Fireplace Ash
3    Rutile
2    RIO
Over Coyote's Seafoam
Then, brushed a layer of Coyotes Buttercup over both of these; then a layer of Lapis

The next two bowls had many layers of glaze applied also.

Peachy keen glazing days, folks

Marquis Series

These are a series of  "cut-out" decorative bowls which i nicknamed the Marquis Series.  The majority of them are 4 n' 1/2 to 5 inches tall by 6 n'3/4's to 7 inches wide, give or take a few fractions of an inch.

Happy design days, folks

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Work In Progress

 Have spent most of this winter calculating glazes and their color effects on forms.

As to the forms? These are pots recentlly thrown. Am waiting for the clay to dry thoroughly so they can be bisqued.

This vase is 18 n' 1/2 inches tall.

These matching goblets: 13 n' 3/4's:
Two views of
a fat-bellied, rear-ended pot.  10 n'1/4 inches tall.

Clunky vase: 16 n'1/2 inches tall:

It surely is a long, long journey to success if someone keeps throwing crooked roadblocks in your path.  As Donovan would say: onwards and upwards.  For me, for now, i would merely echo -- onwards -- if you can.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sweet Glazes

This pot is approx. 5 'n 1/2 inches tall (at its tallest point) and 5 'n 1/2 inches wide (at its widest point).  Probably should have photographed it from a lower angle to give a better perspective of its size.

Anyhooo . . . the glaze is:
A Rhodes #18 with:
4.5   Titanium
0.5   Copper Carb
0.5   Zinc
This glaze produces both the light mint green and the orangy yellow striations.

On the top left of the inside (the pretty mauve color) and the dotted little flowers on the outside, swiped a layer of:

50   Custer
10   Gerstley Borate
  8   Whiting
17   Silica
 6    Dolomite
 1    Zinc
 4    Barium
 4   EPK
7      Tin Oxide
0.5   Copper Carb
0.05  Potassium Bichromate

This vase was fired to 2200-degrees with a 15 minute hold.
Happy glazing days, folks

Flowering Teapot

This is a modified "Ocean Green" glaze.  The original is a ^6 but i fire a wee bit lower than that, so modified the original to vitrify at 2200-degrees.
20  Custer feldspar
5.4 EPK
10  Neph Sye
37  Gerstley Borate
18  Silica
1.8  RIO
2.8  Rutile
3.5  Copper Carb

It's really hard to see in the photo, but there's little blue dots of color mixed in the green and brown.  Sweet glaze.  It's glossy and was applied thick.

Unfortunately, this pot, while newly glazed, was created years ago when i was still using my original clay.  It cracked on nearly every piece, which led me to change clays.
The irony?  Tho you can plainly see the crack towards the bottom of the piece -- it doesn't leak !
Happy glazing days, folks.

Slipping Greenware Pots


Was recently working with slips on greenware.  Found this charming effect. 
Use 3/8 tsp. of manganese, 2/8 tsp. black iron oxide and enough tobacco juice to make a paste.
Cover cup surface with a white slip.  I used:
15 Frit 3134
30 ground clay scraps
30 China Clay
10 Gerstley Borate
10 Zinc
5   Wollastonite
Decorate over this with the above manganese mixture
Bisque fire to 1828 with a 15 min hold
After bisqued, cover with a clear glaze -- i use Coyote Clear, and refire to 2200-degrees with a 15 min hold.
Good slipping days, folks!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Glaze Analysis

Hey Folks
Discovered this site this morning !

Great resource for analysizing your glaze components !!!