Sunday, 29 October 2017

Pots series 11 - Light vs Dark

A couple of small pots
(Shiny white x1 followed by a brush of shiny black)

I like the soft curves of this one
(2x Tenmoku, heavy trail of Owen blue)

And its pendant, with a straighter shape
(2x Tenmoku and a neater trail of Owen blue)

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Pots series 10 - Big plates

This month I also did wide plates. It was difficult to glaze them, because they did not the buckets of glaze... I used two of them with one of my new favorite (because safely predictable) combination of grey and spotted green glazes. I experimented with four (and lost one in the process) by creating a marbling effect with black and white slip (liquid clay), and green and black slip. Interesting effect, but too much out of control for my taste! Lastly, I used two for spirals of Owen blue.

My plates, freshly thrown, and with different curves.

After glazing.

(2 x grey transparent, 2 x spotted green)

(black + white slip, 2x transparent inside, 2x shiny black outside - that is actually green)

(black + white slip, 2x transparent inside, 2x shiny black outside, iron oxide on the rim)

(black + green slip, 2x transparent inside, 2x shiny black outside)

(2x Tenmoku, trail of Owen blue)

(1x Tenmoku, splashes of Owen blue)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Pots series 9 - A teapot!

This month Freya challenged me with a teapot! The four parts (main body,  spout, handle and lid) were stitched together at the leather hard stage. It is pouring like a bubbly unpredictable fountain (by which I mean it's not a great pour). I glazed it in transparent, applying splashes of manganese with a toothbrush.

Freshly stitched together,
spare handles in the back.

A generous spout

I pierced a hole for the spout in the main body
with some sort of apple corer

This first teapot is for my mum!

The lid is fired in place on the main body so that they expand
or contract together; I had to hit them with a big stone
to separate them after the kiln firing.

The matching mug (2x transparent glaze)