Friday, April 25, 2008

little green bowls.

Little bowls, the green ones have lovely little Copper crystals.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

vase with oxide.

Thats a good dribble.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

hot from the kiln.

Fun, I have new pieces and the kilns cool, So I've just opened it and taken a few pieces out!

filter pressed clay.

I made some more filter pressed stoneware clay last Friday. Today I had the great delight of getting it all out.
A messy job, but well worth it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

some of my favourite pieces.

These are some photos I prepared for Craft Victoria's craftbase.
craftbase is re-launching this month, can't wait to have a look through it. I'll add a link when it's up!
from top: Vortocups, 100mm high x 50mm at base. My favourite porcelain stackable cups. Vases, tallest = 163mmh smallest = 130mmh. Spoons, 330mm long x 70mm wide. These spoons are handmade from a rolled slab and extruded handle, and joined together. Bowls, 102w x 167h These bowls grew from my own need to organize things. They can be used for food. And are fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Pourer, 167h x 75mm base. A streamlined porcelain pourer.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

some of my bowls from the woodfiring.

Well I've discovered the joys of a wood firing. At the beginning I was so enthused by all the fire that I was determined that I was going to build a wood fire kiln in the back yard. But, soon I was to discover the "candle", a massive jet of fire coming up through the 20ft. chimney. I think I would have trouble calming the neighbours, let alone the neighbourhood.
My fave bowls are the subtle ones. A few ash spots(some of the ash from the fire gets into the kiln and leaves black stain marks where it lands on the bowl)(wood ash can be used by itself to make a glaze) and a normal thickness of glaze, the really thickly glazed bowls have drippings of glaze. This runs against the seasoned wood firers, who told me I must make the glaze thick. And the more ash marking, the better.

Inside out magazine.

Inside Out - March/April 2008.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

opening the wood fire kiln.

Thursday 12:45pm.
Gary takes the bricks away. Phew it looks O.K.
The kiln reached 1300+ degrees celcius at the top of the kiln, and 1300 degrees Celsius through out the rest of the kiln. That's so hot that to look at it you need welders goggles, a dazling yellow.

I'll post some pictures of my pieces over the weekend.

For the potters reading.
Cone 11 at the top of the kiln, and cone 10 through out.

Friday, April 18, 2008

wood fire and more fire.

So this is my first post!
On Sunday I did my first wood firing with some friends at LaTrobe Uni. Fun with fire would be an understatement!