Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

The ebb and flow of the Kiln God's...

My firing from May 19th was not what I anticipated.  One of my glazes was applied too thick and ran onto the kiln shelf as well as cracking and breaking the bottom of a few pots.  How disappointed I was.

I feel as though I am on a pottery roller coaster.  One minute I have a whisper of confidence and the next... it's taken away in the quickness of opening the kiln lid... then, given back... with yet another opening of the kiln lid.  That was today.

A tweak here and there... with the assistance of the hydrometer... made all the difference in the glaze performance.  I couldn't be more pleased.

As I start throwing new pieces today I am finding my confidence to be somewhat stoked from this last firing giving way to a more confident peaceful potter.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 19, 2013

To dip or not to dip...

The past two days I have been glazing... 

On my recent excursion to Clayworld Clay and Supply I picked up a few new glazes.  A few celedons from Coyote... Sapphire, Aqua and Sedona Sunset...  I want to use these over a little slip trailing, I can't wait to see how they come out  Also, Coyote's Oasis, Pam's Blue and Gun Metal Green.  I'm real excited to see how the GMG works with their Black.

Any who... back to the glazing...
Breaking out my new glazes like a kid at Christmas with what I already had on hand... I think I came up with a few good combos... I just never thought it would take soooo long to glaze my pots by hand.  It's not as if I've never brushed glazes on before, just not so many pots at one time.  I use two different clays and of course I want to see the effects on both... I just never thought it would take soooo long to glaze my pots by hand. 
Needless to say, I pray I have a few good combo's because I can't wait to place an order so I can dip... dip... and dip!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 4, 2013

Luck or I’m coming into my own as a potter…

What a wonderful day in the studio. The sun was out, not a cloud in the ski, the temperature was a perfect 78, the wonderful scent of Jasmine lingering in the air and my studio buddies at my feet. As I was trimming and putting the final touches on the pieces I threw this week when Mommy duties interrupted me as it was my turn for swim team carpool.

I have taken pottery lessons over the years, my favorites being at Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin Florida and Sunin Clay Studio here in San Antonio, but I have learned sooo much as an avid viewer of pottery on U-Tube. I love to watch Hsinchuen Lin. He makes everything seem so effortless and is quite the inspiration to the phrase “Hey, maybe I could do that.” I love the pieces he does with chattering. I have tried over and over and over to accomplish that technique to no avail. Then a few weeks ago I was watching a few earlier videos of Muditis, and had a renewed inspiration to once again chatter. Still no luck… until today!

The last 3 berry bowls I was working on were just a little past the leather hard stage… Ok maybe a little further than that but you get the idea... worrying of being heavy handed, as I usually am and breaking one, I was a little lighter in my touch and voila…chattering!!! I was so excited I ended up chattering all 3 bowls. Not wanting my exuberance to overtake me, one berry bowl is now just a bowl. I just didn’t want to push my luck putting the drain holes in it.

Again.... still not sure if this is just luck or I'm coming into my own as a potter... time will tell... that is if I can reproduce the effect on another day!

On another note... have no idea why this is coming out with 2 different fonts, while I can carpool like no one's business and pot a bit, I am totally lost on this computer.  Where are the kids when you need them??