Sunday, December 27, 2015

Itiko cups.

The glaze range.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Got a handle on it.

Thin porcelain handles; certainly adds a dynamic aspect.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wishing you a very merry Xmas..

It's a rare thing to open the kiln and just react with "yes!".
Merry Xmas to you. I've just found mine.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

experimenting with a foot.

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.

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.
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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Okiti vase.

Well, after much work at the potter's wheel looking for a shape that excites me; I think this might be it.

Vorto cup.

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.

Itiko cups on mass.

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.

Itiko cup.

I love the silver blue swirl effect I get with this glaze. It's a result of thicker glaze gathering in the undulating surface.