Friday, June 29, 2012

Pinholes



Here are two more pieces that were taken out of the kiln. They are both wheel thrown using low fire (^ 04)  white. I love the colours that I got from these; especially the bottle which reminds me of smoke.



However, the vase didn't have such a nice time in the kiln and I now have a vase that's stuck to it's stand and if you look closely you'll see evidence of pinholes. I still like what happened to the colour and will try to rescue it from the base. Any suggestions are welcome.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stepping Up

I have increased the amount of clay I throw with. I can now control 5lbs of clay on the wheel and probably a little more. With this has come a growth in my confidence so I am trying new ideas and concepts.
I now want to mix my own glazes and have started burning some wood to collect the ash so that I can make up a simple glaze. I am also toying even more with texture and shape. Here are three pieces that I worked on yesterday and trimmed and shaped today. They are all done in Macabee cone 5 porcelain


This bowl was done with bits of clay that were treated with iron oxide, stuck to the inside. On top of this is added slip with iron oxide and cobalt carbonate. Crossing my fingers for the result.



with this vase I played with shape and texture. I love the contrast from thin to bulbous, from straight to flared. I used the plastic rib to create the texture on the surface. I think this one is my favorite of the three.



This one I also played with shape. I created an odd- shaped jug. Two things happened that changed the form. Firstly, While trimming and cleaning I looked at the handle and saw a face so I decided to play with that some more. I went too low in my carving and ended up having to cut out the holes. Then while I was cleaning the spout, I ended up breaking it. Was about to throw it out when I decided to keep it. Who knows...

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, Tuesday

The results of my experimenting with slip and oxides
Pulling up 5 1/2 lbs of clay for the first time




The result!
I am in the zone. Monday I started experimenting with slip and oxides and adding texture. Expanding the form has been a challenge for me but yesterday it all came together.
Then today, I decided to expand my activities and threw a large (large for me) piece of stoneware- 51/2 lbs. I am waiting for them to dry enough so they can be bisque fired and glazed. Will post individual pieces later this week.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Monday, June 11, 2012

First Porcelain Firing

This is one of the two pieces of cone 5 firing. Lost a piece tonight but threw 6 pieces that Sort of made up for the loss
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday!

My little sake bottles for the person who doesn't drink sake.
I had a totally satisfying day today. I threw and ended up with six pieces, trimmed and modified work already done and got two beautiful bottles from the kiln. Of course I have to share them all with you.
cone 10 porcelain
 Made two of these. One with cone 10 and the other with cone 5 porcelain.










altered this bottle form. Very cool!
It was a bottle kind of day.
Here"s another bottle form- a genie bottle. This one has a cover.

Here it is from a different angle.





Played with distorted forms as well/. This is my 'drunken' chalice




And, not to be outdone, here are the two bottles that were fired. I like these so much I'm going to do a series of black bottles-at least, black on the inside.

Monday, June 4, 2012

What's New Monday

Experimented with altered forms today. I am growing and trying new things as a potter. I guess I can call myself that now. kiln was cooling when I left so tomorrow, glazed bottles
and more altered forms with slip and oxides. Can't wait!
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday!!

Spent the morning looking at videos of past potters. Immersed myself in the work of Lucie Rie, Bernard Leach, Isaac Cotton, Eva Zeisel and of course looked at pics of my own mentor Gloria Harewood.
Felt so inspired afterward that I went to work making some  clay tools out of a piece of bamboo that I had been saving for that purpose.
I realised something in my ceramic journey and that is I love textural effects on my pieces. I am always trying to find ways to include this in my work. I am especially fascinated by the process of adding slip so these tools were made with this in mind.
What a fun and fulfilling Sunday! I am eager for Monday so I can try out my new tools.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yum! Yum!

Made a cake. Really decadent and dark. Wish you could taste.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Happy Sabbath

It's a wonderful Sabbath day. Praise God for it.
Be blessed
GretaMichelle

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Friday, June 1, 2012

June Pots

Another month is here and so are new pots. Did some glazing fired at ^04. Will post pictures of those next week. Two new ^5 porcelain vases have been added to the set. I am preparing a number of porcelain pieces at cone 10 and 5, so they can all be glazed and fired in one load each.

I played around with waving the top of these vases. This is the tallest I've ever thrown. (Yay me!) It's a little wonky but that just adds to the personality.
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