Sunday, November 22, 2009

So long guys...

I spent yesterday at the first annual midwest Florida multiclub auction and workshop. It was a lot of fun and the weather was great! There was a huge auction with some very nice trees practically given away! I couldn't believe the deals. Here are some of the pots that I sold:

I really enjoyed getting  a chance to meet and talk to some interesting people from the different clubs. If you get a chance to go next year don't pass it up!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Daddy wants a pugmill!!!

I must admit as an undergrad I was never really aware of all the behind the scenes work that went into clay prep. Getting it just right for the unaware college student took a great deal of time in mixing and recycling, much of which was probably done by hard working grad students. But at least they had access to top notch working equipment. Oh, I am sure this was necessary as the amount of clay was huge but the use of the equipment made the work easier.
My bane as a potter is keeping clay in a good state to be used for throwing. I have several hundred bags of clay that I use for slabs and other handbuilding pieces, but it is a pain to throw with. I must do a lot to get it to the right consistency. Wedging and kneading helps, but it slows down production and wears out my wrists

This year I have been recycling my scrap and that makes the best throwing consistency. I slake down my bone dry scraps in water for a few days and blunge mix them up ...

This process is followed by what we potters call 'bat drying'. The clay slip is allowed to sit for a couple of days in the tub where water is skimmed off the top to get a thicker slop like thickness. I then pour out half gallon size amounts on to plaster bats to dry overnight. Here they are on top of my slab table.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bonsai Pottery: three ovals

Here are some pots from the last run, a double kiln load:

a small oval with the same glaze combo as the last post,

 a cracked oval about the same size but with different colors,

and this last one I am quite happy with. I like the way the glaze line falls down onto the stain and textured area.

 Thanks for viewing!

Check out this technique!