Tuesday, 23 June 2009

A Couple of Jugs

Still plodding on.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


Had a small stack more back from the kiln at Stroud... some nice coffee cups and saucers and a couple of small milk jugs the best of the bunch. Must take some photos.

Made a stack of mugs yesterday, and handled them today - they were already verging on the too dry. I'm sure there isn't a magic answer to 'when handle' but I imagine it's just a case of slogging on and learning the hard way.

Watched that Isaac Button video throwing the cider jar again. That's almost superhuman. Centered in 5 seconds... 25lbs? 30lbs? About a third of the way through I think.

(part 2 of 4)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

First Fired Pieces

These are all early pieces - the turnaround at the college kiln is awfully slow. They have trouble filling it.

A couple of bowls unglazed to see what's what. Slip was about 5-10% yellow ochre added to the same claybody. It was left over from matching a medieval limewash in my previous incarnation. Interestingly (and vaguely revoltingly), it came out purple! Manganese perhaps? It's fun using natural earths!

Three horrid jugs. I think the glaze was gibson's clear over the same ochre slip.

The very first things I made, I think. (I went all wabi-sabi due to lack of any skill whatsoever.) I was going to smash them, but Kate persuaded me to use them as tests for painting with oxides. I quite like them - nice for espresso.

Virgin firing: everyone goes through it once, and forgive me, but I couldn't help but be excited.