Monday, August 31, 2009

Some success

This little bowl will hopefully be the founding bowl for a whole dynasty of bowls..........


Saturday, August 29, 2009

I have mixed up a mystery batch of white glaze, no idea how it will turn out, but the idea is it will stick to the pot better than my other white glaze. I still want it to crawl, but not crawl off the pot.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pinch pots

Making a few pinch pots today, it looks simple but to get a good one takes lots of practice. The foot is the hardest part to get right.

Friday, August 21, 2009

New stuff

Some new test tiles with a different ice sheets cracking.
Some of the salt glazed pots in the line of fire
Another vase.......some parts of this glaze were hanging off like a peeled banana

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Should have something better

Should have something better soon, each time I look at that vase I feel the need to make something better......or pop the giant feldspar bubble that's on the inside.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A new test vase fresh out of the kiln, some dramatic crawling in this one. But still some more tweaking to do.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Results

Working with Manganese and K Feldspar has produced some pleasing results. Now to put them into practice.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Theo Schoon Letters

I continue to work on the Theo Schoon letters about his clay stamp designs. It's a very long slow process converting his handwriting into typed text, but in the end it should be a useful resource on the views Schoon had on art, design, method of work, and ceramics. Up to letter 5, with only 42 letters to go. At around 2000 words per letter thats around 80,000 words. That's got to be worth a chocolate fish once its finished.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Secret Project

I am planning a secret project, got to get all the supplies together, and then move on to design and production. Busy busy busy

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Here are the results of this experiment. Lets just hope it can be reproduced.
I have just had something good come out of the kiln finally. A thick white crawling melting ice

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

More books for the Library

By chance I found some new books for my ceramics library. I am so pleased. The titles are Michael Cardew by Garth Clark, The Art of Bernard Leach by Carol Hogben and Famous Creamics of Japan-Hagi by Ryosuke Kawano. You just don't see these books for sale very often.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Looking for stuff

Looking for stuff is something I do all the time. And as usual this country doesn't have any of the stuff I'm after........have you experienced the postage rates from the UK? or the USA? Upholstery Nails are about $20/1000, but there are none available....postage from UK is around $40 & the nails are $50 a box.......$90 for a box of $20 nails......better go back to looking