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The great wood fire of ’13

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, I helped unload another kiln.  I was more able to help ‘feed’ it during the firing, which was a good sign I think.  Kilns are awesome.  They are scary too, since they are basically alive.  There is of course things you can do to control how they operate, but in the end, they do what they want (like a Charizard leveled up too high), and you have to be pretty cool with that.

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A view of the four holes in front (dampers, I think).

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Here is a close up of one of the dampers.

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This is a different kiln, but it’s pretty cool.  That green fluff is fire, it looks like some Wizard of Oz nonsense.  It isn’t actually nonsense, it’s all chemicals and magic, but some of it (most of it probably) is out of my reach.

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I hadn’t thought of this before, but the flame that shoots out of the chimney like that is the same flame from the logs we put in the mouth some fifteen or twenty feet away, that’s pretty neat.  Or, I think it is anyway.

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Here’s some more smoky and shaky and blurry because cameras are way shoddier than eyeballs.

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Here’s the side of the kiln, all ready for unbricking.

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The unbricking begins!  Anticipation!

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We see some pieces!  No major damage inside, so far so good.

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Our teacher Jonathan Cross edjumicating us about the bag wall and some such.  I understand more now than I did when I started, but I still mostly just smile and nod.

Here’s what I put in:
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Give or take a few that didn’t fit into the kiln.  But hey, better too much work than not enough.  Also, if the kiln gets too full, the flames can’t adequately run through the inside, so it’s better to have plenty of open spaces inside.  It’s pretty much awesome feng shui.

And here’s what I got:

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And here’s a lovely bunch of coconuts:
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New Soda

Well, newish.  We unloaded the kiln on Wednesday the sixteenth, and I took pictures of my pieces that Friday, the eighteenth and finally cropped them that following day.  Now I guess I’ll write about it.

I must admit that I was pretty underwhelmed when I first unloaded the kiln.  It’s probably my fault, because I got so gosh-darned excited about it in the first place, and you know how it is when things get hyped up.  To my credit though, the lighting was off and I was a bit preoccupied with helping to do the work.  I still need to get better about helping, but at least I didn’t actively ruin anything, which is basically helping.  I needed to make more work, which would actually affect whatever else was in the kiln, due to increased thermal mass and magic of some sort.  Hopefully white.

I’ve been told that I should be slightly less humble about my vessels, and I guess there is some merit to that, but my teacher Jonathan Cross has made my work so much better, and I thank him much for that.  His work is very different from mine, and so is his aesthetic eye, but I choose to believe that some of his knowledge is rubbing off on me.

Anyway, on with the pictures!  I thought that brownish color would be a good surface for pictures, but it obviously was not ideal in many cases.  I was a lot more focused on the quality of pictures this time around, which is probably because I got some interesting surfaces.  Clearly, my downfall once again is a lack of sufficient notes.  I swear I was trying, but I guess my system of laziness failed again.  One day.

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I sprayed some slip on this one.

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Then I stuck a banana in it.  Kind of interesting flashing.

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 I like this one a lot.  I don’t remember what I did to it to get it that orange, I’m assuming some slip.  The grooves were scraped into it while it was wet, and there was some goop from the kiln, I think it’s pretty much pure soda.

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There it is again.  Cool, huh?

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This one has a sizeable hole in the bottom of it, which is a pity because the glaze turned out nice.  Here it is from the back.

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The glaze is Reitz Green with some Acero over it, which is a common theme this time around.  Either Reitz Green or Woo blue, but I think this is the Blue actually.  Maybe not.

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Pretty cool.  The marks are from my fingers dipping the bowl like Thetis dipped Achilles, and like Achilles, this pot has some bare spots.  I drizzled the Acero on afterwards.  I like the idea of using as few tools as possible, and I like the idea that my marks are clearly left behind.

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This one is Wooless, I know that for sure.  The inside is the Reitz Green, and I textured the sides when It was leather-hard.

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Same deal here, the bare clay is very orange, and you can see why an orangish background wasn’t the best idea.

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I stuck a banana in there, and you can see the goobers left behind.  Also you can clearly see my beautiful hand.

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Same process with this guy.  There was some bloat for some reason, which is just what it sounds like.  That’s the good thing about ceramics, a lot of the fancy terms for stuff are exactly what they sound like they’d be.  Bloat is when something gets into the clay, and then can’t escape when the firing happens, but instead forces the clay to expand with it.  Firing is crazy stuff, I swear.

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I like the outside of this one more…

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And the inside of this one.  Too bad I can’t pick and choose.

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These are clays I kind of made.  I’d like to get into more of actually making my clays, but for these I simply bought clay and mixed in some iron filings.  This one is a ratio of half a gram of iron filings to one pound of clay.  There is a nice gooey spot that is from the kiln.

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This is one gram of iron filings to one pound of clay.  I fluted the sides.  I think there are nice striations which I will say came from planned  uneven mixing, but really I was just lackadaisical.

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This is 1.5 grams of filings to 1 pound of clay.  You can see it started to melt a tich and fused to the wadding I used (I hadn’t used them the last few firings, and almost always made a mess in there) (also, I just noticed that ‘fused’ is just ‘used’ with an ‘f’.  Really makes ya think).

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Here is my beautiful hand again.

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This one is interesting because it is just naked clay.  I put a porcelain/iron filing slip on the inside, and it kind of looks like my skin.  Interesting.  I also put a design on the outside with a different kind of clay.  It’s hard to tell where the bowl ends and the background begins, huh?

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Bet you cant tell, but my hand is in this picture.

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This one is nice because the markings I made on the cup match the shadow so well.  I pretty much did not plan that.

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You know what?  My hands hurt and I’m bored and should get this posted, so I’m just going to stop typing.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Please be our guest.

I got a chance to unload a soda kiln on Wednesday, and it is quite clear to me that my skills have improved drastically since the last time I got a chance to do so.  That, or I have learned what looks better when it comes out of a kiln, but the two are pretty much the same, aren’t they?  It’s kind of hard to make something boring in a soda kiln, and although I would say that I have succeeded in making my share of those, even ugly brown bowls have their own character to them.  In making this particular entry, I have learned how bad I am at taking pictures.  Actually, I’m ok at taking pictures, but it’s a bad idea to have a flash straight against something shiny, everyone knows that.  I pretty much forget until the next time I do it.  My attempt at cataloging my work fell through, as I lost the notebook I was writing things down in, but again I see how vital it is, since some of the astounding effects I achieved below, I have no idea how to recreate.

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This one I remember, it was iridescent slip dipped on the piece, then sprayed as it started to peel.  It was the first time I used the sprayer, which is pretty much a big ol’ airbrush.  I avoided airbrushing throughout most of my art until now, when it really seems pretty vital when applying glazes/slips.  Now I wish I wasn’t so hesitant to use it.  Hindsight is 20/20.

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I think the inside of this one is Kurt’s Ice Blue.  It looks that way.  I don’t know though, I really should have taken better notes.  However, I put a banana peel (or a lemon peel?  I think a banana peel ’cause it’s purple) inside, just to see what would happen.  The teacher wasn’t sure, so I gave it a go.  Sometimes it was awesome, sometimes not so much.102_0932a  This was an awesome one.

This piece blows my mind.  It looks ok in pictures, but in person you can really see the crazy textures and colors.  Mmmm!  I don’t remember the glaze at all, maybe Ohata?

102_0933a102_0934a102_0935a It had banana in it also.102_0938a You can see where the soda hit it and started running down the side.

 

This one is interesting, the banana peel made a line in the Acero glaze, but there was way too much iron on the sides102_0939a102_0940a  As you can see…

More Acero.
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This is Reitz Green glaze, which I think is my favorite glaze.  At the moment, at least.

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I was making this fellow when I noticed he was starting to look like a heart.  So I took that idea and ran with it.  I didn’t want to make a realistic heart, none of that trompe l’oeil mumbo-jumbo, I believe I’ve discussed my distate for that before.  I wanted it to look like what someone who doesn’t know what a heart looks like thinks a heart looks like.  The glazes didn’t quite turn out how I’d like, but I’d say I’d be honored to grow mint in there or something.  Something herby.

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Here’s another weird planter.  No glaze on this one, and it was far enough from the soda to not get any on it.

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Reitz Green again.
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Acero on Amador clay, which is a terracotta color when raw, then turns a nice purple when reduced (I think that’s when it turns, who knows.  I mean, I’m sure someone does, plenty of people really, but not me.)

102_0950a102_0951a102_0952a It’s one of my favorites from this firing.

 

This one is also Amador, with what I believe is Hunter Green on it.102_0953a The sides look ok.102_0954a But the shape of the pot makes the best part the bottom.  i.e.- not a good shape

This one is nice.  Acero on the outside, and I can’t remember if the inside is naked or has some Kurt’s Ice Blue on it. 102_0956a 102_0955aAnyway, it looks a lot like my skin, all orange and freckly.

This one I believe is totally naked, with maybe a light spray of the iridescent slip, and some of the slip I made from porcelain and iron filings.102_0957a102_0958a The picture of the inside is terrible, but there is a nice pattern from brushing on slip.  And there is a goober from banana or something.

More banana goobers.
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This is easily the coolest banana goober.  It reminds me of jellyfish tentacles.
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This is good old Acero and iron.
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This is naked clay with porcelain/iron slip and a dusting of the iridescent slip.102_0966a102_0967a And a pretty sweet pseudo-accidental spiral.

 

This one is pretty much the same thing.102_0968a102_0969a It would be great for Frosted Flakes.  I mean, it would be GR-R-REAT!

 

This one has a bit of Acero on it and in it.  It was the one with the accidental design around it.  I’m kind of disappointed with it, but it just needs some fine tuning.
102_0970a102_0971a And the inside of it has a banana goober that looks like Ridley from Super Metroid.

 

This one was inspired by my teacher, where I accidentally let a ball of porcelain dry, and instead of trying to rewet it, I carved it into a little planter.  It cracked, which is perfect because plants need water to drain out, right?  Then I dumped some Acero on it, whereas my teacher Jonathan Cross works with naked clay, and makes better work.
102_0972a102_0973a There must be some Reitz on there also.

102_0974a102_0975a102_0976a102_0977a There’s a nice goober.

This one was possibly the most disappointing, for me at least.  The inside is a bunch of iron filings, which melted and look ok, but some other piece of something landed in there and gooked it all up.102_0978a

 

Ooh, this one is nice in that it has some neat finger marks on the glaze on the outside.  It was the first one I tried to scallop the rim, and I wasn’t very successful in that, but…
102_0980a102_0981a That’s totally a Predator letter inside there!  That’s cool!

This one reminds me of an Alien egg on the outside…102_0982a102_0983a And some sort of sea creature on the inside.

I don’t remember what this was, but it’s interesting that you can see the sponge lines in the glaze, so that’s cool.
102_0984a102_0986a …These don’t even look like the same pot.

This one’s fun, I call it The Hungry Catterpillar.  (I avoid licensing laws by misspelling caterpillar.)
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This one is interesting.  Porcelain vase with Reitz Green and something else on it?  The shape of the Reitz reminds me of graboids, but then, what doesn’t, right?102_0988a102_0989a That yellow looks like a bird.

Reitz green on porcelain.  I like how it goes from satin green to glossy blue.  And I like my fingerprints in the glaze, so I’ll probably get some weird poisoning some day.
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I can’t remember what this is.  I’m running out of steam, you guys.102_0991a

Ick.
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Ooh!  It’s like Aladdin’s lamp.  It’s naked porcelain. 102_0995a

Nice fingerprints.
102_0996a102_0997a And nice goober.  It’s  an electric polar bear with a little airplane on it.

Very weird.  Acero.
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Irony.
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This is a good thick bowl for eating oatmeal.  It’s thick so the oatmeal doesn’t get cold very fast, not because I’m not good at throwing.102_1006a102_1007a

This one’s super pretty.  Classic Greg fingermarks.102_1008a102_1009a It’s got a little inny in the center.

This one I threw then modified.  I think it turned out well.102_1010a

This one looks ok too, I don’t remember what’s on it.  Ohata?102_1011a102_1012a Same bowl, different sides.

102_1013a102_1014a This is a pretty sweet goober.  It’s like a Gemini sign.  I’m not a Gemini.  This is a terrible goober.

I actually made this fellow at the Edna Vihel Center.  Today was my last day volunteering there, and I’m going to miss it.  This bowl is Klear on the inside (they spell it that way, you get what you pay for), shino on the outside, with some Hunter Green and Caramel drizzled around the outside.  Not actual caramel, one of their glazes is called Caramel.  The rim is a blue-green stained slip.

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That’s all for now, and most likely, for a very long time.

LOOK AT THIS CARROT

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Just look at it!

Beauty is all around us, everywhere.  It’s very easy to forget and not see somehow, because of how evolution shaped our brains, and that too is pretty neat when you think about it.  I really need to take fewer things for granted.  I want to take nothing for granted, but that’s probably impossible, and/or I would go insane trying to keep track of all the amazing things that happen around/to me.

Yesterday I helped load a salt kiln.  40+ of my pieces are in it.  I’m not too sure what will happen, and that is the most fun part of the process if you ask me.  I put some banana peels in some of them, some lemon rinds in some others, and some other stuff in some others.  We’ll see what happens.

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As I was waiting for the light rail to Mesa Arts Center, a drunk man talked to me.  I never quite know what to say in those situations.
Drunky: So, where’re you from?
Me: Phoenix.
Drunky: Arizona?
Me: Yes.
Drunky: This Arizona?
Me: Yes.
Drunky: You don’t look like you were born in Phoenix.
Me: Ok?
Drunky: Greenland or something.
Me: I know, right?
Drunky: So, where are you really from?

I need to prefabricate a story for them.  One that will buy me a few minutes until the next train comes.

A while ago I made a bowl at the Edna Vihel Center, and it turned out alright also.

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It’s a bit too big for cereal, but it would be a nice soup bowl maybe.  Some gazpacho.  Mmm, gazpacho.

Hachi machi!

I know I haven’t written a blog post in a while.  They take a long time, and I am trying to spend less time in front of a computer.  However, there’s something I wanted to show you.

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This guy is amazing.  Of course, pictures don’t do it justice.  I kind of wish I had a better camera and a better understanding of how lights work and backdrops and such, but I more wish I could just hold it up and show it to you.  It’s about liver sized with neat pearlescent coloring.  It represents a new direction I want to take which involves more hand-building.  I used to think my hand-building skills were lacking, and I am guessing that was in part due to comparison.  I had an idea in my head of what my pieces should look like, and I got frustrated when they didn’t look like that.  Trompe l’oeil style ceramics were definitely out of my grasp, and they are still most likely out of reach, but they aren’t something I want to hold anyway, so who cares?  I made this just wanting to make a pot for a small plant, maybe a flower, maybe some mint or something, I’m not sure yet.  Having looked at it, I see potential to make the next one better, and some things to try that might work and might not, and that’s pretty awesome.

While I’m at it though, here are a few other things I did recently.Wacky

This, I don’t know what this is.  I accidentally nicked the side with my finger, so I went with it.  It’s kind of like a belly button.  It looked top heavy, so I added the disk it sits on.  It’s a pot for a plant.  When I was trimming it, the neck squished down, so not it looks weirder, but that’s ok.  The green tint is chlorella, which unfortunately seems to have burned out.  The gray is iron.

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This is nice, the green unfortunately burned out, but I’ll try to brush some green glaze on it.  It reminds me of tall grass in the wind, but on a bowl.   It’s a pretty big bowl for me, so I was impressed by that.  The inside is iron.

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This guy is naked on the outside, iron on the inside.  Kind of the opposite of Robert Downey Jr.

Starpot

 

This is a weird plain star bowl, I’m not to impressed with it, but I want to experiment more distortion, so here’s what happens.

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This is nice, maybe?  I was trying to throw a tall cylinder and it tore off, so I flattened and folded the bottom.  We’ll see what happens.

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I lost my notebook that says what bowl number I’m up to, so we’ll call this one bowl 26.  It is pretty “normal”, I tried to emphasize throwing lines, which might do something neat in the kiln, but it’s still pretty round.  Pretty tight, if you will.

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This one is neat, bowl 27.  It’s an example of a time where I’m expecting one thing to happen, and something else happens, but that other thing is cooler anyway, so I shouldn’t expect things.  I threw the bowl, then covered it in that porcelain/iron slip I made.  Then I was going to make a line delineating where the rim stopped and the body began, so I reached for my needle tool.  But, I couldn’t find that, so I just got the smallest trim tool I could find and figured I would trim off some of it instead.  It was pretty wet still, so it made that cool texture.  It was a happy accident, so I left it.  Here’s the inside.

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That swirl is neat, and was definitely on purpose.

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This guy (Bowl 28 if we’re keeping track, which I’m trying to) is neat.  He reminds me of a Xenomorph egg, not so much now, but earlier in the throwing process.  The inside is pretty cool.

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So that’s what I’ve been up to in ceramics.  Last night I did a few minutes of stand-up honoring a friend I’ve only met on Facebook because he’s been sick for years, but he’s a pretty neat guy.  It was live streamed to him, and I thought it would be recorded also, so I didn’t bring my voice recorder.  It wasn’t recorded, which is a bummer because my set went pretty well.  It was about seven minutes of me mumbling, but that’s ok, that seems to work for me.

Alright fellas, see yas when I sees ya.

 

Soda

My new ceramics class started on Wednesday.  Of course, this semester will be different.  They all are, right?  Actually, that writing down things seems to have worked a bit, so I’ll keep doing that.  I have some goals for this semester.  I want to more explore surface treatment.  Notice I didn’t say decoration.  That’s because surface treatment has more integration with the form than mere decoration.  Mostly though, it’s so I can be all elitest about it.  One main thing I’d like to do is experiment with adding vegetable matters into clay.

Graboid

I was planning to add this material at some point in time, but I may lose my nerve.  It is yam rinds.  I would say they are yam rinds, but I saved them in a bag in my refrigerator, and time seems to have melded them together.  I think now they are prohibitively stinky, much like Graboid insides.  I don’t know if I can do it, man.

YamSkins

One thing I may actually bring myself to do is glue these to pots right before I soda fire them.  They are various yam peels.  They also stink, but less so, and the texture is much less vomitous.

Chlorella

I’m starting small, with chlorella.  It is a blue-green algae, and as organic, carbonaceous material, most of it will burn off.  I realize that.  However, some of it won’t.  Chlorella is supposed to be full of minerals and things, so maybe something crazy will happen.  Who knows?

Jar

I mixed some chlorella in with some of the free kids clay.  They clay was terrible, very short.  Short is a ceramic term, believe it or not, that sort of describes the makeup of the clay.  The opposite of short (in crazy clay world) is plastic.  More plastic clays are better for throwing, but shrink like bananas when fired because of their high chemical water, from what I understand.  That means the clay wasn’t terrible I guess, it just didn’t have the attributes I was looking for.  That’s kind of a neat way of looking at things, isn’t it?  Anyway, I did manage to throw this small jar.  I’m not that happy with the shape, but I suppose 1) that wasn’t my main concern here, it is just an experiment, and 2) if you squint (squint harder), it looks like a Smurf house.  You can see in the picture that the clay has sort of a blue-green tint to it.  That wasn’t nearly dramatic enough for me, so I sprinkled some chlorella directly onto the clay.

Inside

It made this neat pattern when it hit.  It’s a pity that it will most likely burn out.  Maybe I should work with more mineraly minerals, who knows.

Lid

Here’s the inside of the lid.  And yes, that is my natural hair color.

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Here’s a bowl I managed to throw with the kids clay.  I forgot what number I was on, so I just said it was number 025.  Looks like I’m actually on 023.  Whoops.  So I sprinkled some chlorella powder on, then some water on the powder.  I should make some crazy chlorella slip.  That would be nuts.

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This is the last thing I threw, and it’s pretty neat.  It’s a nice big (not really that big, but biggER, maybe ten inches across) bowl.  The inside is that iron slip.  Some of the other pieces I made with that iron slip, the slip ran down the sides.  Obviously you don’t have to worry about that so much when it is on the inside of a surface, because the most it can do is run down to the bottom.  That’s not that good, but at least it won’t stick to the kiln shelf, right?  The sides of this bowl are pretty thick, because if you throw big stuff thin, you start to wear out the clay.  Especially if it’s short, it may want to sit down on you.  I think it’s a great opportunity to practice some fluting.

I’ve been volunteering at the Edna Vihel Center in Tempe, which is awesome.  It’s a great experience for me, and I am slowly learning to sweat less of the small stuff.  Sometimes though, there is some small stuff I am ‘supposed’ to sweat.  For instance, since I know the teachers I volunteer for, and I see them every time I volunteer, they told me when they needed a volunteer, and I volunteered.  Bingo-bango, right?  Apparently not quite.  Their boss, who I never see (ok, I’ve seen her once) is who I should have told I was going to volunteer.  Whoops.  I keep forgetting my camera, which is unfortunate since there is some great kids art there.  Today I realized that any painting made by a child that is copying the stylings of Piet Mondrian will come up with a work of art far more interesting than anything made by Piet Mondrian.  I will try to remember on future visits.

On Tuesday I had an interview for a job for a company I’d really like to work for.  I believe in their purpose.  I’m not really sure how the interview went, and I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to keep my hands and my head busy so that I don’t drive myself crazier dwelling.  That, in itself, is amazing.

Woof

Woof = wood fire pots

I’m so clever.

Yesterday we unloaded the wood firing kiln at Mesa Arts Center.  So that’s good.  However, I got there several hours early so that I could work in the studio before class, only to find out that the studio was closed until the 27th of March, so that was bad.  To make lemon water out of lemons, I grabbed the book I had with me and wandered around downtown Mesa for a few hours.  I went to a place called Gotham City Comics and looked at a cool 700 dollar Jurassic Park velociraptor.  If you ever want to feel like less of a geek, go to a comic book store.  Then I went to a non-comic book store, I forget the name.  I didn’t buy anything, because bookstores are like Pandora’s Box, assuming Pandora’s Box is full of neat books.  I read a quote by one Sir Henry Maximilian “Max” Beerbohm
“I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.”
I found a neat book by R. Buckminster Fuller (which I think I just found for free on the internet, BAM), and a novelization of Independence Day.  Then I went to a flower shop,  Zuzu’s Petals, to look at flowers.  The two ladies I met were very nice, one gave me a few fuzzy leaves (I think Dusty Miller leaves), but I think they were a bit suspicious that a greasy weirdo just wanted to look at flowers for “ceramics”.  Finally, I went to a local coffee shop, got some coffe, and sat down and read for a few hours.  You know who I saw?  Nobody.  It was great.

Back at Mesa Arts Center, class started and we unloaded the wood kiln.  Now, I usually feel like there’s too many cooks in the kitchen, and I think I help best by staying out of the way.  Unfortunately, I don’t learn best by staying out of the way.  The small areas around the kiln aren’t inviting, what with my difficulty hearing and dislike of incredibly hot things, but I did my best.  I got some nice pieces out of it though, with only one loss.

003(woodfired)

This one is the worst.  It was one of the first ones threw (003, apparently), and it is strict bush league.  As you can see from the picture, it warped like bananas.  That is not from being purposefully loose, it is from warping during firing caused by inconsistant thicknesses.  The very bottom is crazy thick, it feels like half an inch or so.  Then there is a section of quite thin clay where I trimmed it too much, then it gets thicker again towards the rim.  I wrote down that it’s a tenmocu glaze, but I am going to go ahead and say I wrote it down wrong, because it looks like celadon to me.  Anyway, sorry you guys had to see that.

004(woof)

This one is pretty cool.  I wrote down Woo Blue glaze, but it doesn’t look very Wooy to me.  It is 004, which means I don’t know where the photo of it pre-fire is, unfortunately, since I can’t remember what surface treatment I gave it.  The glase is a neat warm brown, is nice and shiny inside, and has beautiful warm streaks for some reason.  It breaks a dark brown, and the form wasn’t as good as I can probably do now, but we may have to try this glaze again.  Here’s a detail:

004(det1)

Maybe there’s some of the porcelain slip I made up, I can’t remember.

006(woof)

This one’s a beaut.  I wrote down Kurt’s Ice Blue for the glaze (Sorry no Google image, Kurt Weiser is a local potter who lives a few blocks from my house, actually.  I went to high school with his son!), and there’s some porcelain slip, you can see the bands around the outside of it and the dark iron spots.  I’m not sure what the blush is from, perhaps a nearby pot or something?  That would be my guess.  This is a bit more recently thrown, and the form is pretty nice.  The inside is nice and smooth, pretty inviting for a fork or spoon.  I think I’ll make some coconut rice for it tonight.
006(det1)

007(prof)

This one is pretty cool, like 007.  I made it 007 because I liked the form a lot.  It has the slip I made from iron filings and WSO.  Unfortunately, I put it on too thick and it ran like nuts.  You can see it on the bottom there, it bubbled up and got all over the kiln shelf.  He survived (Because he’s 007), but his brother was permanently attached to the kiln shelf (Because he was 008, and 008 blows).  I used a Reitz Green glaze on the inside, which turned out a nice satin finish, but I was a bit disappointed that it was so dull.  I’ve used it before (on porcelain, that makes a huge difference) and it was a nice “mood ring green”.  Oh well, the iron purple is lovely.  The bottom is quite sharp though, maybe I should invest in a grinder.

009(prof)

This guy (009) turned out real nice.  Real nice.  He’s ridiculously photogenic.

009(woof)

 

He had some porcelain slip put on the outside, but it’s hard to see unless you know it’s there.  I don’t remember putting anything on the inside, however, I used the free reclaimed clay to throw him, and one of the fun things about that clay (other than the free part, which is super fun) is that you never know exactly what’s in there.  Kids put their grubby hands in it, and it winds up having a mysterious, possibly deleterious collection of various gobbledygook.

texture1

 

Here you can see a white thing of some sort that was in the clay and melted out into the glaze.  It was completely unintentional, but it made a lovely white waterfall texture in the Copper Red glaze.  I can’t say that I didn’t know it was there, because I remember feeling something when I was throwing him, I just chose to ignore it.  I’m kind of pretty glad I did.  The form itself is nice and loose.  When I threw it, there felt like there was way too much clay at the bottom, and I didn’t want him to have the same fate as 003 up there, so I waited until he dried a bit, then stretched him a bit with my hands.  So he doesn’t have a foot-ring, but I feel the bumpy form fits well in my hands, kind of like a lot of natural forms.  Like a coconut half, or whatever.

011(prof)

 

I was severely disappointed with this guy.  I noticed the base was very thick, so instead of trimming it away uniformly, I tried to trim channels for the flames to go.  I didn’t put any glaze on this guy because I didn’t want to smother what the flames did, which it turns out is nothing.  So, it’s a nice toasty color I suppose, like a yummy loaf of bread, but that’s all really.  The inside is this stuff I saw called Iridescent Slip, which is apparently a code for boring.

011(woof)

 

Look at that!  Look how crazy boring it is.  I also when it was wet I put a hair dryer to it, so that it had little waves in it, and you can see the wrinkles, but it’s still pretty dang forgettable.  10/10 would not try again.

Aside from the bowls, which were all thrown with the free reclaimed kids clay, I threw some things with actual clay I actually bought with actual money.  Some of those turned out ok, and some of those turned out fan-freakin-tastic.

angry

 

This guy has no glaze and no bottom, I was just seeing what would happen if I slopped a bunch of junk on the side of a pot, and this is what happens when you slop a bunch of junk on the side of a pot.  I forget the clay body though.  Eesh.

flower

 

This one also has no bottom and is pretty standard.  I think there’s some iron on it, I don’t know.  I was thinking it is a nice size for a flower maybe.

jar

 

This was supposed to be a jar that holds jewelry or whatever, I was going to give it to Alanis Morrisette because it’s so ironic, but the lid and the base fused, and now it’s a sculpture!  It has some nice pearlescent color to it though, huh?

fluted

 

This fellow was thrown at the same time as the jar, I put iron on it, fluted it, and put some glaze on it.  Celadon, perhaps?  Anyway, I adore some of the textures in it, it strikes me as very melony.  The iron ran at the base, but I will take that into account next time I make something like this, because there will be a next time.  Oh yes.

vase2

 

This was one of the last things I threw at ASU, and it isn’t the best, but I really like the tribal vibe it’s giving me.  It’s approaching Predator pottery.

mossycup

 

This little guy is on Reitz Green glaze on porcelain.  I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I like it.  I remember when I dipped it I had to put my fingers on the side, since it is much to small to hold any other way.  That bare spot there is one of my fingerprints.  So that explains that.  The rest of it, I don’t know, magic?

pedestalbowl

This one is porcelain, with some iron filing slip on the inside.  You can see those little black dots, those are the iron, I imagine.  The glaze is kind of runny and doesn’t get thick enough to turn red on the outside.  I thought the iron might help, and it seems to have helped.

vase

 

This is the same Copper Red glaze, it could have used some iron filings on it’s shoulder there, next time, I guess.  It is so shiny and awesome, I really like it even though it’s kind of bland in the picture.  The bottom is rough though.  I should get a Dremmel.

So, that was the wood unpacking of Spring ’13.  Not bad.