Saturday, May 29, 2010

More Lichen


Coming home today from buying the Saturday Herald I took a detour and checked out some trees at the local school. Looking for lichen forms mostly. Here are some I quite like.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A new clay body in the works

I have been working with a clay that is full of small bits of fire brick, but now it's time to move on. The new clay will be a composite featuring silica and limonite lumps. This will hopefully give added interest to the clay body and make it unique to my work. Also feldspar may be added if it is available. Watch this space for some test pieces.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Under - Iron over ash

This experimental vase has a pure hardwood ash glaze over iron oxide. The Kauri table is not the best background but what can you do sometimes?

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Electric Wood

Another attempt to produce wood fired effects in the electric.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Experiments with Cabbage Tree ash

The cabbage tree produces leaves that take a long time to break down, to me this indicated that perhaps the leaves had good amounts of silica in them, but this is not the case. However each test of this ash results in crusty deposits randomly placed across the surface. Almost a wood fired effect in an electric kiln. This is the sort of surprise that makes it worthwhile trying out these things.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Arakawa Toyozo

A great master of Shino, this image was on a 35mm slide I have. I believe it is from a book, but do not know which one.