Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It's cold this morning. It's been raining for the last couple of days and the hint of summer (a few days of +30 deg. C) seems to have washed away. Don't get me wrong, love the rain, we certainly need it.
A coffee and a few hours should fix the temp. and it can rain all day; love the sound of rain on a tin roof.
Today some little bowls are on the "to make list"; and maybe a Sake set. I was arranging a little bowl and bud vase, and the thought of a Sake set came to mind. They look nice together; you can have the Sake though.
Now for that coffee!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I think my elements in the electric kiln are getting tired/old. The Harco kiln sitter chucks a wobbly at 1240 deg. So from then on it's up by only about 25 deg. an hour. And a vigilant watch through the spy hole with my welders goggles to watch the cone fall over. I've got a collection of bent cones now. I think they'd make a wonderful "African" wild animal tooth necklace. Any takers?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This clay pile looks very dark. It's because it's wet. The little white patch to the left of the bulldozer is where he has scrapped the top off to get some dry clay. So it won't clag up in the crusher.
The pink clay to the right is more like McKenzie’s clay. More iron oxide and perhaps titanium.
It was overcast on the day. All the photos came back so flat. I had a fiddle with them. Now they're a touch on the contrasty side, and with a slight cyan cast. I'll have a fiddle with the RAW files later.
Come back again, I'm sorry.
I wanted to post them though. I think they are fascinating, regardless of the cast. I do realize they could be totally boring to most people too.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You can have a look at the catalogue online click here.
Auction is on:
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I rarely draw ideas prior to working on the actual form. I'm not much of a drawer, wish I was. So, I'm usually none the wiser after a doodle; tend to work it through in my head. But, with the red enamel that I've been applying to some finished pieces, it has been helpful to place the lines on illustrations.
The pieces cooling down in the kiln have had the lines placed a third of the way up (the golden mean), but after these illustrations I will place some lines in the middle.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I moved from Melbourne to central Victoria just over two years ago. Not long after moving, I started using local stoneware clay. More of a physical influence than a visual one, but that has caused a visual influence on my glaze and decoration. To both the stoneware and porcelain. I suppose the need to dress up the stoneware has made me look for new glazes and decoration. And that together with walks through a local forest has helped influence my colour palette. The first glaze I worked on was a blue celadon, quite vivid/striking. I then moved to a subtle grey blue celadon on the stoneware; it comes out as a pale green on the porcelain. To this I've added iron oxide and shino horizontal brushwork. I would suggest that those choices have been influenced by the local forest.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
There was a smell of burning eucalypt. The CFA were doing a burn off, the smoke was billowing over the horizon. We do need some rain. Could be a bad summer for bush fires if it continues like this.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I feel like these seagulls at the moment. Only for me it's being caught in the early end of year panic. Trying to get things done while I can see an even bigger storm on the horizon. I can't wait for the summer holidays. Maybe a trip to the beach is in order this year. Sorrento or Gunnamatta Beach. It's been years since I've battled a big wave. Then again, I like the idea of my usual summer trip to The High Country. It's usually ten degrees cooler and 99% quieter.
But for now (desperately sipping the last drop of coffee) it's time to get back into the studio.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I spent a fair bit of yesterday putting together a video/slideshow clip. You can find it at the bottom right of this page.
I have also put a “tilt shift” clip below it. My brother sent me a number of links to tilt shift clips. I was starting to worry about his state of mind with the first few. But, when I watched the one I’ve embedded below, I was clapping my congratulations. It’s so good.
If any of the clips stall. Click the pause button to let the loading catch up. The tilt shift clip in particular, seems to take a lot of time to download; it's worth the wait though.
Anyway, I’m off to the studio NOW. I spent way to much time in front of this computer yesterday.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The results from Thursdays glaze test.
I had a surprise. The tile at top centre, with the black dot was a similar recipe to the others (clear gloss) but with the addition of magnesium. Hence, like talc. it has a lovely satin finish. I already have a fantastic satin glaze; half talc and magnesium. But, this one breaks to gloss. Giving a wonderful look of a frosted ice.
I have a new coding system (hopefully I'll stick to it) instead of numbering a glaze test session 1 through six (I usually do tests in batches of six) I have gone back to using letters AA, Ab, AC etc. The other day I tried to work out a glaze test I did months ago. The paper work had not been kept with the test tiles; it's impossible to look at a series of recipes and re match it to a glaze test. So hopefully I'll stick to the lettering protocol and be able to go back to an old glaze test tile and know what recipe goes with it.
I always put a black texta dot on the test tiles I like. And a cobalt pencil line at the top (under the glaze) to see if there is any movement.
The bowl was in this firing too.
Friday, October 17, 2008
These cups are another favourite of mine. Been making them for years now. The glaze is totally food safe too. Something that bothered me for years. To get a nice solid chocolate or black you generally load a clear glaze with heavy metals like manganese dioxide, cobalt carb., copper carb., black/red iron oxide etc. Choose three of these and away you go. I'd prefer not to use any of them, as in various quantities they are deadly. The iron oxide (basically rust) is what I do use though; still toxic in quantity, but you’d need to eat a fair bit.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Anyway, hopefully something new to show next week. I spent the day today by the gas kiln ensuring a heavy reduction from 800 deg. to 1280 deg. So, hopefully a good reduction to the clay body and glaze.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I always try to limit the amount of variations. The last few months have seen another explosion of new glaze and brushwork. I suppose as always, the next few months will weed out the good from the not so good.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The bowl on the left has a magnesium glaze, and is fired in an electric kiln; so an oxidation atmosphere. The bowl on right has a celedon glaze, and has been fired in a gas kiln, in a reduction atmosphere.
|Photo: andrew widdis|
|Photo: andrew widdis|
Suzuki Osama (b.1934)