Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cut Flowers

More greenware heading to kiln at The Art and Ecology Project. 

Really enjoy both. 
The first is dynamic and busy. 
The second has a nice Matisse blue cutout feel. It's comforting.

We'll see how the fire plays with these.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Still prepping a few small pieces for the salt kiln in October. The stained and sanded surfaces are really nice in the hand. The dark and muted surface surprisingly does it for me. It's getting tempting to keep the glaze to a minimum, just give the interior a loner  and let the salt do its job.

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I found a even dozen cups hidden in the bottom layer of a forgotten box. There's a bit of a mess surrounding the photo booth in the basement. 
Out-of-site, out-of-mind and all...

I made this round as part of a batch that was intended for the 2015 Akar Yumoni Invitational and it got boxed away as soon as it came out of the kiln. 

I wanted muted surfaces and I really liked what came out, but... (It's always the buts that get me though ) I didn't think they would play well with all the other work that would be posted around it in the show. I was guessing that it was going to be a strong show and I can't say that I wasn't wrong.

But I do really like these. 
They came out pretty much how I was originally hoping. It was just what I had in mind didn't fit the need at the time. Admittedly, they seem even better now that there's distance from the original expectation.  

Distance always makes the heart grow fonder, (at least it's acceptance is easier).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

50/50 Wash

I'm This is the go to wash in our studio. 
It was brought to my attention by Jess a few years back and I huffed and puffed when I first saw her use it, but I quickly came around after playing with it, and was floored after seeing results when it's used in conjunction with the stencils, Since then, we've seen it referenced by John Britt in his glaze books. 

(2) tablespoons gerstly borate
(2) tablespoons masion stain
(1) cup water

I imagine that any masion stain or oxide can be used when mixing this up.

I use this instead of using an underglaze wash when layering on shino glazes. 

Brush it on.
Sponge it off.
Sand the surface.
Wipe it down.
Sun dry and set aside for glazing.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


"Night Dream"
Canister circa 2013
Cone 10 stoneware, paper stenciled, slipped, sprigged, glazed with carbon trap shino
8"h * 5.5"w