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