Monday, June 18, 2007

Glazing

On Sat. I was talking about glazing. Here are some pictures of where that stands. The first shot is of my spray booth made from cardboard, duct tape and some nifty plastic fasteners that aren't visible. i spray a thin coating of slip on the bottom portion of pots that gives the clay some richness. It really is adding another " skin " of clay. You can see that in some of the shots. Also, that eliminates the need to wax the bottom of pots. I don't care for wax lines - they're too sharp. I've been spraying glaze more often as well as it allows for subtle layering and gradation. My spray gun gives general coverage and it might be fun to get an air pen at some point for spraying finer lines. This firing will include glaze tests using white stoneware and porcelain with the sprayed slip and some new glazes and combinations of glazes I've been using for some time. Also I want to mix up a concoction of soda ash, baking soda and salt to spray on top of glazed pots to see if it will approximate a salt/soda look. i was given some silica sand that was wedged into some porcelain and it looks great in a wood firing incorporating an addition of salt/soda. My aim is to see if that can be done in a regular gas firing. It could work ........










Saturday, June 16, 2007

size does matter. or at least make a difference . . .


I'm nearing the end of a glazing cycle and loading the kiln as i go. it's a 60 cu. ft. kiln and holds a lot of pots. i do all my own work and it seems to take forever to get the pots in, the door bricked up and get the thing going. i think it would be great to have a smaller kiln and be able to fire more often. i always have glaze tests in every firing and am anxious to see the results.


i DO have a small guitar amp. it's a Fender Blues Jr. and it's all of 15 watts. that's not much when you consider players like Hendrix used STACKS of amps of 100 watts or more apiece. the thing about small amps is that you can really drive the power tubes 'til they distort and yield that " break-up " tone. ahh ...... the quest for tone. not too far removed from the constant tweaking of glazes. it's all the same to me, anyway. " lookin' for the heart of Saturday night ".
as soon as i can get this firing done there will be new images of pots to put on here. 'til then
happy trails ......

piggy bank

piggy bank

wood fired bowl

wood fired bowl

wood fired sake cups

wood fired sake cups

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Northwood, N.H., United States
I am a potter and musician, and in general a very curious type. My passions include my gal, Michele ( ma belle ),clay and music.