don't look at the dust.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
While we were living in Bahrain, we could take short trips to nearby countries. Once, we spent a week in India. Of course a visit to the Taj Mahal was included in the plans. I had read that seeing the Taj at night was an experience not to be missed. We made special plans to be there at the rise of a new moon and prayed the sky would be clear.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Normally, I never reglaze and refire work. However.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Eggplant is a very intriguing glaze. Here it is applied thickly to a bowl. The color is very rich. It turns out matt and pretty well covers everything.
Here is Eggplant applied to a small bowl. The green is the result of a thinner layer than the purple, which is two layers thick. This glaze will be one that will either wow you or drive you crazy.
And Copper Blue looks good over Tan Matt. Almost turns into lizard skin where it's thick.
Friday, March 12, 2010
This little bowl just came out of the kiln. It measures 3 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches tall. It's as light as a feather.
For a while I worried about establishing a 'style'. My conclusion: I don't have a style. I just do what works at the moment. My style is impulse.
Anyway, first, I must say the photo looks better than the real bowl. The yellow doesn't read this strongly. Should I fiddle with it more? The jury's still out. I'm tempted to add another glaze and refire, but that's kind of silly. Those kinds of things sometimes are disasters. I'd be better off just making another bowl and going from there, I think.
Kiln Wash I
Calcined Alumina (EPK) 50%
Kaolin (China Clay) 25%
Kiln Wash II
Alumina Hydrate 50 Grams
EPK 25 Grams
Silica 25 Grams
Once, when I was a new potter, I bought some kiln wash at a pottery supply, slathered on my shelves and after firing a glaze kiln load, found that everything - I mean everything - stuck to the shelves. After much puzzling, I finally decided the kiln wash was at fault. Nothing I could prove, but ever since, I have mixed up my own wash.
Kiln wash is pretty simple. The above are two mixes--I use the last one usually. I mix it up, put it in a large Yogurt tub and mark it with a black Sharpie. The consistency should be about the same as really thick cream--Thick enough to cover well, yet thin enough to spread evenly.
When I apply it to a new kiln shelf, I use a soft, goat hair brush, apply it on in one direction; then when the first layer is thoroughly dry, lay down another layer in the opposite direction.
Before firing a glaze load, I dust the shelves lightly with Alumina. During the unloading, I tap the empty shelf over a large bucket to reclaim the powder.
All this may seem elementary, but these are the little things that new potters have to learn along the way. It's good to share.