Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Price of Admission

Today's big lesson with the kids is that showing up and doing the work that's I front of you is just the price of admission.

It's the price that needs to be payed to just be in the game.

It's a daily thing...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Masking Tape Stickers

The Using a masking tape sticker idea that Lindsay Rogers shared with us on Ceramic Arts Daily.
Click here to check out their link for details in the online article.

Using it to mask in an area to paint a Amaco Palladium cone 5-6 glaze over a previously glazed and fired surface.

Three layers of glaze and the edges stayed crisp.
Fired off and it definitely added to the composition of the surface. 

Alas, (what a fun word...) a minor, in house, celebration of the lunar eclipse this week. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016


I'm stuck somewhere between the notion that a work should add to the landscape of space and the idea of visual dominance.

I like strong work, but in the space I live in, cluttered and chaotic as it is, complexity just adds to the caliapy. 
Busy spaces need quite work.
Muting the tone of the surface didn't really change the effect. It just made it more somber.

Friday, August 12, 2016

R&D Evaluation Part 2

Crit time...
Looking at the results, my first thought is that the colors are interesting, maybe even engaging (that's quite a stretch), but they are going to be too overpowering and busy when used to plate desserts. The food risks being lost on the surface.
Maybe switch to a subtle play of white on white. For the next round of tests.
They are a little heavy. Thinning them out a little, but still leaving the thickness at the rim.
The foot is nice, but needs to be lightened and possibly standardized with a cut profile rib.
It didn't help that the finished fired works had shrunk down as much as the did. It would probably be wise to do the math next time to arrive at a proper size.
The rims pulled in and added an extra degree of concave to the finished forms.
Lighten up on slip application.
Woof Very clunky, like the direction with the design, but elegant it's decidedly not...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Vertical Testing of the Cone 6 Oribe Green

Vertical testing of a cone 6 translucent Oribe Green over a Willies Slip. The slip has been stenciled onto a blue Amco underglaze that was brushed on while leather hard and a black underglaze was used to outline the paper stencils before they were pulled off.

The interior is finished off using a standard white liner that plays well with the Oribe green, letting it waterfall at the lip.

I was surprised at how opaque the surface came out of the kiln and I'm wondering if it's due to the slip used or firing to cone 5 rather than 6.

More testing... always more testing.

I've hyperlinked to all the glaze recipes from my back posts.