Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
My two new favourite pieces. That is untill todays firing has finished, because all the pieces I'm putting in the kiln today are my fave's too. I'm having fun with my porcelain again!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I think I'll get a compass, and go for a further look next week!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
TOP Test bowls, a subtle Celedon glaze on a local Stoneware clay body. ABOVE The same glaze and clay body, but the glaze is applied twice as thick.
Further testing this Celedon glaze, I've decided subtle is best. For the following reasons.
To get the saturated blue the glaze needs to be thick, and this means some pooling of the glaze. The thick glaze tends to be more fluid when melting, this is most likely the case also for a thinner glaze, but it's just not as obvious. as you can see inside the cup there is less of the vibrant blue at the top. The thickness on the handle is a result of the glaze application.
This vivid blue is also not typical of my other work, and though colour is something I have done in the past, technicolour is not a road I want to go down.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
First Show: A group exhibition of new works in ceramics.
31 May to 26 June
Opening Friday 30 May 6-8pm
RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists - alistair whyte andrew widdis anne-marie plevier barbara van oost chris plumridge claire blake jenny boyd judith robertskatie jacobs kerrie lightbody kevin boyd lene kuhl jakobsen lilach mileikowski phil elson sandra bowkett wendy reeve
Guest Speaker - Chris Sanders
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The clay body did not get good reduction though, so it's a khaki not a neutral grey. Even though I made a special effort to bring reduction on early (800 deg. c.)when the clay is still porous.
I will work on that again, as I much prefer the clay body be a mid grey.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
It's been a cold morning here in central Victoria. I think now that it's the afternoon, I can find some strength to go and do some work in the studio. then light the fire to fend off a cold evening.
Friday, May 2, 2008
A reduction fire is one that burns all the available oxygen, usually done in a gas kiln, but also a wood fire kiln etc.. As apposed to an oxidation firing, usually done in an electric kiln, my kiln of choice as you don't need to fiddle with it all day. Just set the computer to adjust/increase the electricity as required.
A reduction firing limits the amount of oxygen and in doing so results in some unburnt fuel, creating smoke/carbon.
So, I figure my locally sourced clay has less transport created carbon, but carbon created in an inefficient firing. Hence my finished work is sort of carbon neutral. If anyone overseas wants to buy my work, I promise to plant some trees.