I thought I would start a new thread of new work done in 2011. But I am slightly cheating as these where fired the last week in Dec. but I didn't pick them up until Jan 1.
I am going up again on Tue to throw some tumblers and small espresso cups out of black clay that I will glaze with a combination of Randy's Red and Gloss black on the outside with the same, plus Hare's Fur on the inside, as I like that combo in the one bowl that is the top one in the collage.
These were all thrown with a speckled brown clay and fired at cone 6. Glazes on these include various combination's that include Randy's Red, Shino, Hare's Fur, Turquoise, Warm Jade and Gloss Black. Patti
Thanks, Glazes on these include various combination's that include Randy's Red, Shino, Hare's Fur, Turquoise, Warm Jade and Gloss Black. I took shots of the pots when I glazed them with tags so I know what I did. Better than notes for me. Patti
Beautiful bowls Patti! I can't resist a good big bowl with a purty swirl thrown in the bottom!
There's so many reasons why duplicating results can be super hard, especially since you are (judging by your glazes) firing to ^6 in a gas kiln.
1. Glaze colors can be affected by what type of clay is underneath. If you're using brown speckled clay, and the tiles were made out of white stoneware, the glazes can look totally different.
2. Sometimes, depending on the ingredients, the glaze on a pot next to yours can fume in the kiln and affect the glaze on your piece! This happens a lot to clears, celedons, and whites when next to items with heavy chrome, cobalt or copper content.
3. If the test tiles on the wall are only for single glazes and not layered, such as you're doing... the second glaze you apply will be affected by the first one. For instance, if you put Randy's on first, and then put on Shino, it would look totally different than if you'd put the Shino on first, and Randy's on second.
4. When firing in a reduction kiln, the color could depend on where your piece is located in the kiln during firing. Usually there are "sweet spots" in big gas kilns where better reduction takes place, which would make glazes like copper reds develop their color properly.
I'm sure there's loads of other reasons why you are having trouble duplicating results, but these are the most common...
I wanna see more!
edited because I guessed wrong on the firing temp the first time...
Rose, thanks. I threw more pots the on Tues and then went back to trim them on Sunday. I had not wrapped them well enough and they were too dry, but I sprayed them down, rewrapped them for a few hours and then tried to trim them. They all made it ok except one which I broke. So I will have 9 more pieces in the bisque kiln this week. I will go up to glaze them on Thurs and throw more to trim on Friday. Hopefully they will be better.
I am going to properly learn about loading and firing the electric kilns at the studio this week too. Excited. I have noticed, as you said, how the different placement in the kiln with certain glazes makes for very different results. Once I start loading my own, I will have more control. But only if I learn about all the glazes.
We do have a huge wall of test tiles with multiple combinations on the 5 different normal clays that we can use which is very helpful. But the thickness of the glaze application is something that I am just starting to figure out. Lots to learn. Love it. More pictures next week. Patti
I picked up some more finished pieces and glazed some new ones yesterday at the studio. Here are collages of some of the new batch that show the glaze as applied and then the finished piece all on a dark brown clay body tired at cone 6.
Very nice! Did you facet the top bowl? It kind of looks like it in the photo, but I can't tell for sure.
School started again last Wed. So I finally got out to my studio to trim the last "keeper" pots I threw on Jan 5th & 6th, and recycled a couple of others. I'll probably have enough pieces for a bisque load soon. I'll be throwing again this week.
The Waterfall, Cream, and Green in the plate & bowl combo picture is beautiful! What studio do you work in up there in MA, and are you in a class or work independently?
I have to say, I am even more impressed by your documentation of process! One of the the hardest things to do in pottery is duplicating results, and I love the before and after pictures with the glazes you used marked clearly!
Ge1836. Too kind. I will do more with less plum and more shino and hare's fur and will like them better.
Plants4myPots, I am working out of a coop pottery studio in Brookline Ma, called Feet of Clay and they do have classes, but after a 40 year absence from doing some in college, I took a class in the fall of 2009 at Feet of Clay. Hooked again so I have been doing a bit independently since. In Feb, I took the plunge and rented a dedicated space in the coop, 6'x8' but use the studio's wheels, and kilns. I do coop work each month. Glaze making is my job. Love it. I use to draw pictures but have found that this picture taking is way easier with my tiny digital camera and as they are dated it is easy to know the sequence and actually see the results. Thanks for the support. Patti
Thanks all. Off to glaze a mess of stuff thrown last week and to load my first totally on my own kiln firing tomorrow, but I will have a pro standing by. Excited. Cone 6 electric. I will post pictures unless I blow up everything. Here are a few that are already glazed and going in, but the bulk is not yet glazed. I will be busy today. Fingers crossed. Patti
Fired the kiln. Was hotter than it should have been, but most of the pieces were ok, not great. But wonderful learning experience. I have about 30 more pieces to fire on the 15th, so I will hopefully be happier with them. Patti
I came in looking for your last summer's garden pictures and find this. Your pots are as beautiful as your gardens. God gives certain people many talents. It's hard to pick a favorite because I love bowls, but my particular favorites are the honey and crock pots(you can call it a compost pot, but I think it's made for finer things) and any of your plum bowls. I know you've had a cold winter and spring, but hope you haven't gone off the idea of gardening.
imapigeon, now that is Sweet. Love it and you should too. I know it is way bigger than the picture looks which is even more awesome. Thanks for sharing your great work.
Pam, no lack of time playing in either the clay or the dirt. Garden is good. I am putting together an album which I will send you the link to when it is done. Planted another 5000 plus bulbs last fall so it has been a good spring. Put in a new area with lots of Japanese maples, iris, heuchera, primula and other shrubs. As for the plum bowls, they all got sold at the pottery show that I was just in. Kind of amazing. Honey pot was also sold and I gave my composting pot to the friend who had wanted one, so I have to get busy and make more of everything. Thanks for the encouragement. Shot of some of my work at the show, thankfully now a nice chunk of it sold, so I more plant money. I also unloaded at the seconds table a bunch of not so loved stuff. The next show is not until December so I have time to do some better work. Patti
Patti, your display is just GORGEOUS - I can see why you sold a bunch! Your bowls on the second shelf from the top are just to die for... Are you really firing in an electric kiln only? Me really wanty that Plum glaze recipe!
Plants4myPots, Thanks, The next time I am up there, I will send it to you. I am one of the studio glaze makers.
imapigeon, Funny about the fabric, a dear friend brought it back to me as a gift from Bali a few years back and it was just folded up in a drawer that I happened to open the day I was going up to set up the pottery show display and I realized it was full of all the colors I had been using. Plus it was totally the right size. A total coinkidink. Patti
Ima, Your pot is beautiful, and the grape leaf and vine is gorgeous. The glazing is so lovely with the variations. May I ask the size and how you plan to use it? It looks like a it would be great for my home-made biscotti, if I actually ever get around to making home-made biscotti.
Patti, You must have found it difficult to let some of your work go. I always wonder how artists can bear to part with their creations.
Pam, since I'm keeping this one, I didn't measure it. Thanks for the reminder----and the compliments! It's definitely big enough to be a cookie jar, and biscotti has been mentioned more than once by my fellow students. The glaze has that "Italian" look to it.
I'm keeping it outside in my courtyard next to the front door with the small tools I need out there to snip my plants, light my candles, etc. When we sit out there in the summer (assuming the weather warms up again!!) I'll enjoy being able to see it, and know that it's functional too.
It's usually easy for me to find new homes for my stuff because, like many of us, I tend to see and focus on all the flaws in my own work. If I give something away to someone else, they're not going to even know what bothers me about it (like a planter that turned out gorgeous, but didn't stay QUITE round). Another potter might, but someone else either won't recognize the imperfections or won't care. I donate a lot of stuff to charity that is technically good, but doesn't come out the way I want, and I've also mashed a lot of pieces for mosaic so they're not "out there" with my name on them. I hate doing that because of all the work that goes into a piece.
I only keep about 25% of what I throw. My teacher says I'm way too picky, but I'd rather recycle the clay before it's fired than have to decide what to do with a finished piece that's not up to my standards. For me the joy is in the making and improving my skills. I rarely end up with a finished piece that I want to keep---which is one reason this jar is such a treat. I've already told my husband that if I ever ask him to wrap this up for ANY reason (like I'm desperate for a wedding gift) that he has to refuse...LOL!!