Patterns

I had an idea using pattern overlays with different glazes per layer. Still in development. A little more simple pattern than below yet effect could be more complicated due to the different glaze affect.

Stay tuned for more!

Pit Fire Notes

My excitement can turn to anticipation anxiety on most projects. In my mind I have a desire to have a Pit Fire built on my property. Initial thoughts were ‘dig a big hole’…

And then my Master Potter mentioned a basic setup involving a structure with a shaft (at ground level or thereabouts) to feed the fire.. I’ve seen a photo of one but questions remained… “Where to find the materials”, “How much is that going to cost”, “Can I find plans online”.. etc.

I did find a sense of relief and more excitement when I read this person’s blog recently – check it out! https://ellisonbaypottery.wordpress.com/pit-firing-at-ellison-bay-pottery/

Bold Bear Mug (posted from my FB page)

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Ohmygoodness I love so much about this Bold Bear Coffee mug (and I love Coffee too lol) from the most recent wood-fire kiln firing. The handle Rocks especially the smooth glazed thumb rest placeholder. and the cute lil bear of course ❤️ it’s so big!

Excited to share this item from my #etsy shop: Bold Bear Handcrafted Woodfired Pottery Coffee Tea Mug Cup https://etsy.me/2Mb4BjB

Fat Bottom Girls!

Thick Bottoms

Raku luminaries had a thick beginning! I had to cut a hole on top of three raku pieces and WOW I have more practice to do to get thinner bottoms.

Live and Learn

George Gasoigne

Summer Time

And the living is easy…..

Sounds like a plan right?!

Speaking of easy… I am currently in pottery class learning/doing alternate firing processes. We are going to be doing several different Raku firings, pit firing, barrel firing, soda something and ending with luster(ing?)… [still learning LOL]

Here is an example of one of the processes – this is called Naked Raku:

terra sigillata

Naked Raku Orb by Charles and Linda Riggs, 2003. 7 in. (18 cm) in width. Stoneware painted with white terra sigillata and polished with a soft cloth, bisque fired to cone 010, covered in resist slip and glaze. Sgraffito through glaze before raku firing to 1400ºF (760°C).

Wonderful Results!

I mentioned in earlier blogs that I ran into a ‘running of the glazes’ whilst using my favorite glaze combos. During the time of remedying the glaze issue I researched and found another glaze combo that a) allowed me to experience Testing of Tiles, and b) eventually produced an effect that is so juicy!

I had to lighten the photos a bit to help show the remarkable effects.

I used Amaco’s Potter’s Choice Glazes. Typically I first glazed 2x Obsidian Celadon, then 2x Merlot, then splashes of 2x Seaweed.

Wow!