Glazing again!

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This teapot was hand built from thrown cylinders that were sliced, and then laid flat to make slabs. Once the slabs were almost leather hard I built the teapot. The spout was a piece of slab that I spiral wrapped around my finger and then thinned out before attaching. When the piece was a bit harder I pounded it with a wooden spatula to make the shape more uniform. I pounded the bottom with a dowel to get the rounded foot. I glazed this piece with Ranch Butter.

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Here, I was attempting to create our assigned convex/concave shape. When I got to the concave part, on the top, my wall got to thin and part of it caved in, so I went with it. I pulled it up and then caved it down evenly and squared it off. Lucky for me it worked for one of my three altered pieces. For the glaze I used Phil’s white, with John’s Read dropped on top. Hoping the John’s red with give me the really pretty purple in the middle of the bowl.

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This is the largest piece I have thrown so far. I altered it while it was wet, I was very pleased with the trimming on it and the swoop that was created. I dipped it in Malcolm shino and dipped only part into Tenmoku.

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Dipped into Malcolm shino and half into Teadust.

This is another thrown slab piece. I dipped it into School Bus Yellow, which is a white with a pretty silver purple.

Dipped in School Bus Yellow and then again in Bailey’s Red, and drops of Bailey’s Red on the inside (which cracked in parts).

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This convex piece was dipped in Black and then again partially into School Bus Yellow.

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This altered convex piece was dipped into Tenmoku and then again partially into Blue Jean.

All are in the kiln and should be out in a few days, can’t wait to see them!

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Light & Shadows

I am taking a class called Camera Use & Art of Seeing. This week I had to set my camera on aperture priority and take a ton of photos bracketing my exposure speed down and up one f-stop. I found I prefer the minus one shots the most. I will post just a few not all 82.

Bowls and mugs all glazed

I spent a few hours glazing today, all my mugs and bowls (except for two) are glazed and placed on a cookie, ready for firing.

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Above, I used Baily’s Red and School Bus Yellow. The bowl was dipped in yellow and the red was dropped on. The mug was dipped in red and then in the yellow, from the bottom and then from the top and side (I held the handle during the second dip).

These two were dipped in Green Haze (the mug completely, the bowl only part). Then they were partially dipped into Reitz Green. The bowl should have three different areas and the mug only two.

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The cinnamon roll bowl was dipped into Spotted Shino twice, then I wiped most of the glaze off the outside but not the inside.

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I dipped the above into Jet Black glaze, I will carve out a design and maybe dip again but into another color.

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and lastly, I dipped this bowl into Malcolm Davis Shino glaze.

Glazing cont.

 

I first did some wax resist dots and wavy line on the piece on the left. Both were dipped in my favorite glaze Yellow Salt. I am hoping for some very cool browning around the carved areas. 1018172001

Below is my second of three two color combos done opposite. I used Butter Ranch and Blue Jean glaze. The piece on the right was dipped in Butter Ranch with wavy lines of Blue Jean brushed on the outside. The piece on the left was dipped in Blue Jean and a line of Butter Ranch was painted just below the rim on the outside.

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I remember after I got home that I forgot to dust off my bowls before I glazed. I hope I don’t regret it.

On Thursday, I used a toothbrush to splatter the opposite color glazes on top.

Christmas morning AKA glazed pieces out of the kiln

My teacher Francie was so right when she said seeing your glazed pottery would be like Christmas morning. You just never know what to expect, some items surprise you and others disappoint.

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The above is my favorite piece. It is glazed with yellow salt after round sticker were applied to the bisque. I love how parts of it browned.

Below is the disappointment. The painted OM symbol and “be here now” didn’t show up after the glaze fire. I dipped the mug in Butter Ranch glaze and the letters are painted on using Malcolm Dave’s Shino.

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and the rest of my presents 🙂

These two blow my mind! They were done opposite yet they look the same (except the insides). Glazed with John’s Red and Lil Street Tinmoku. The mug was dipped completely in John’s Red and the the top part was dipped in Lil Street Tinmoku. The chunker cylinder on the left was dipped the opposite way.

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Below, I believe I used Reitz Green and the three dips method. I am thinking the top dip ended up inside the cup. Pretty wild how the single dip is brown, not green.

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Below is a wax resist. On the inside of the mug I used Nick’s Yellow and then dipped the whole mug in Pale Blue Celendon. The yellow and blue made green on the inside 🙂

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Below, I used blue jean glaze. I did three dips. First, whole item dipped using tongs to hold the cup. The second dip was done while holding the mug upside down, and inserted into the glaze up to the second carved groove. The third dip was again done the same as the second and dipped up to the first carved groove.

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Below I choose John’s Red glaze. Again I did the three dips technique (it is an assignment). The third dip is just on the rim of the cylinder.

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Less is more

This saying makes me think of Joe. He is always saying this about his music. I decided this bowl didn’t need feet, nor sprigs, now that is has this cool rim treatment. I used my bamboo paint brush handle and rolled it across the rim to create this awesome indented pattern. On to the next hand built bowl… paisleys anyone? 1014171049

Play Doh extruder fun!

I finally broke down and bought a new play doh extruder. I hunted for a used one at the thrift store but they never had the correct size round hole.

Today I built myself a clay worktop by covering an old board with a cheap 100% cotton shower curtain. I wrapped it around the board to the back side, pulled it very tight and stapled it. The little squares on the cloth came in very handy today as a measuring device.

It was a beautiful fall day to play with my new toys outside under the vine walk. This is the start of something 🙂

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I wasn’t to thrilled with it, until I paddled it. Which flatten it all out and changed the round balls into triangle shaped pieces. That is what I love about clay, the unexpected happy moments.

I plan on adding three feet and maybe some drainage holes in the bottom, Joe requested a little sieve for rinsing grapes. I might also add some decoration sprigs around the rim, or maybe two two handles, or both.

 

Glazing Cont.

In class tonight I continued on with glazing.

1009171939These two pieces are both done with John’s Red and Lil Street Tinmoku. The mug on the right was dipped completely in John’s Red and the the top part was dipped in Lil Street Tinmoku. The chunker cylinder on the left was dipped the opposite way. You might think I am getting my colors backwards, but I am not. That is the wonder of glaze.

1009171953 Here, I dipped the mug in Butter Ranch glaze and the letters are painted on using Malcolm Dave’s Shino. I forgot and I might be cursed because I didn’t apply the shino first.

 

 

 

1009172003On this mug, I used wax as a mask which will leave the raw clay exposed. I  painted on a swoosh and a dot on both sides.

 

 

 

 

 

1009172010On the inside of the mug I used Nick’s Yellow and then dipped the whole mug in Pale Blue Celendon.

Glazing Has Begun

I did some glazing today, my very first time. It was fun. I am excited to see the end results. Hope I don’t have to wait too long. The kiln shelves looked pretty bare. First, I waxed the feet of all by bisque fired pieces.

1008171407Here, I used stickers to mask off the bisque. My plan was to use the stickers to mask off different layers of the glaze, but darn it the stickers wouldn’t stick to the dried glaze. I am praying the glaze doesn’t run and ruin my dots. The glaze I choose is yellow salt. I held the handle (shh don’t tell) to dunk it sideways into the glaze bucket. After the first dip dried I dipped the the rest of the handle. The glaze overlaps on the handle just a bit.

1008171352Here, I used blue jean glaze. I did three dips. First, whole item dipped using tongs to hold the cup. The second dip was done while holding the mug upside down, and inserted into the glaze up to the second carved groove. The third dip was again done the same as the second and dipped up to the first carved groove. I am hoping I get some cool effects in the grooves from the glaze.

1008171400Here, I choose John’s Red glaze. Again I did the three dips technique (it is an assignment). The third dip is just on the rim of the cylinder.

 

 

 

 

1008171422(1)The last item I glazed today, again using the three dip method. I used a green glaze (I forgot to text the name to myself, my bad). With this color you can really see the dips. The last dip is up toward the top.

It is fun to see the glaze in this state and the colors are so different than their names.