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. 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

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.