Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The day before the day before Xmas. I've finally allowed myself to just sit at the wheel and experiment.
I've thrown this little bowl a little thicker than I usually would, and I quite like the relaxed feel that seems to give. I've attempted to destroy it with a vertical line gouged with a serrated plastic card.
Next is an experiment with a new foot. Whether I'm able to carry it of with a clay version is doubtful.
This is why you should look through antique shops; Especially good country ones.
I found this stunning biscuit jar, glazed with a wonderful tenmoku glaze, while looking through the lovely Luxfords Antiques, in my favourite country town of Rosedale (Vic.). The personal service at this antiques shop is especially wonderful. http://discoverrosedale.com.au/directory/luxfords/
This biscuit jar has a lovely throw ring inside on the foot and wall. Just enough to give that wonderful sense of connection with the maker. It looks to be made of a local stoneware in an oxidation firing. When and by who is unknown to me.
#tenmoku #pottery #handmade #handthrown #stoneware
Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Well, after much work at the potter's wheel looking for a shape that excites me; I think this might be it.
An old favourite shape that I've just started making again.
It often takes an outside request for something to point your gaze backwards.
I love this simple form. It suits a range of uses; bowls, cups etc.
My Itiko cups are generally the same, but always different. I tend to find a favourite that I use repeatedly for my ritual cup of tea. It's interesting how a particular handmade vessel can add another layer to the enjoyment of our daily life at the table. Dinner table, coffee table or side table. There's always a place for something crafted.
I love the silver blue swirl effect I get with this glaze. It's a result of thicker glaze gathering in the undulating surface.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I have a serious coffee problem.
Standard mugs just 'aint big enough, luckily I can make my own bigger version.
A standard mug is roughly the hight of the top of this mugs handle. Obviously, this ones a little more generous.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Trying some slip, various applications. Hopefully it will stay on the bowl.
Inside and around the rim is a glossy slip. around the foot is a matt slip. The gloss is clear. Hopefully no crazing, but this is the first large test so we will see.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
With a new "block plane" I've been making some serving platters from a lovely hard Eucalyptus, blackbutt timber.
A very hard wood indeed, certainly tests one ability to stay calm. Though the outcome is quit rewardable. Next step to find a nice treatment for the wood. Beeswax or an oil?
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Here are some new bowls just out of the kiln.
They are my experiment with glaze free rims. The one on the left has a rim of bare clay. The one on the right has a rim brushed with slip but no glaze as well.
They have been fired upside down, they have warped ever so slightly, just enough to give them a nice character. The advantage of all this is that the foot is completely glazed. Though the dilemma is how to put my name to them, I don't want to use a decal.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
I love the look of a small thrown foot.
I've done so many of these that I find it easier than trimming a foot now. Though I am still learning. I made a 40cm (rim diameter) bowl two days ago and threw a foot on it late yesterday. Just a little while ago I stamped my logo on the base and when I flipped it back over, it was too soft and I left a dent with my hands. I easily resolved this by spinning it on the wheel and gently pushed the impressions out. I sat it on its foot and it collapsed. I guess I had made it too soft with movement.
Oh such frustration. And a little bit of frustration. I should have left it overnight before stamping my logo into the base. Never rush clay.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Documenting some old pieces from my beginnings of pottery making.
This is still my favourite tea cup/beaker.
The glaze is a favourite.
Unfortunately due to the way materials change from being mined, I'm no longer able to get this glaze to work. Hence I am forever working on new glaze formulations. I'm sure a new favourite is in the next firing.