Tuesday, October 27, 2009
You can’t talk the work into the kiln….… but you sure better be ready to talk it all out.
P.S. Thanks for the support this week everyone! Your input and feedback really helped pull a few projects together.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I had grabbed a double handful of yunomi and chawans that weren’t going to be heading to the studio door and set down at my bench for an experiment. I needed works to explore a gold luster… I read up on it and it seemed kind’a strait forward, but everything does until you discover the hidden nuances that trip you up… well, me anyway.
I haven’t taken the time to appreciate gold lusters. I know what I like, (I'm not always sure why), but I do know that if done wrong or for the wrong reasons it can muck-up a perfectly fine piece, and if done to merely spackle over shoddy workmanship it’s just “gilding a turd”.
This experiment falls across that range pretty well. I wanted to see how the gold luster would play on surface a few of the different textures in this group of test pieces. I liked a few of the results, now I just have to judiciously apply what I learned.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I’ve been spending a few months sitting in on our local community college’s Art Club meetings (they are smart enough to offer free pizza to everyone that attends and it’s good fun). Ceramic artist and sculpture professor Gary Carlos is the lead for the club and they are looking to raise a spot of cash to keep the pizzas flowing. They gave it some thought and launched into a group collaboration project making a collection of cups to sell on the main quad of the campus. The project was to create 40 cups using slabs and coils. The outer surface was brushed coated using a black slip that the students scratched designs
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It's actually the title of the background music by Herbie Hancock and I like how it pushes and groves this video along all the way to the end. The kids and I were all pumped-up from all of the great feed back the past 2 days... thanks everyone for chiming in, the feedback really helps. We ended up spending some more time figuring a bit more of this process out. Learning to divide up and compress time is a something new for us, but we are having fun trying out a few ideas. It's not hurting that I'm learning you can buy enthusiasm for a project with the prospect of an ice cream.
This is another wack at slip stencil demo.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I was out playing in the studio this afternoon, (It can’t be counted as work because I’m enjoying myself way too much), the kids are playing in between the houses, the leave on the trees are rustling up in a lazy approaching storm, the smell of burning fireplaces... Ahhh, fall is really here and I am feeling mighty fine. Halfway through cutting feet on two ware boards of yunomi I remembered I still needed to collect more samples of video with these cameras just to work out the kinks of familiarizing myself the menu options without actually hunting down manuals, (tch! Who needs manuals…? Manuals are for people with attention spans of… well… well… not me apparently). It’s still a bit stop and go, but that’s part of the fun.
For better of worse, I’m getting a handle on working with the Windows Movie Maker program. I’ve got a ways to go still though but luckily it’s not too complex.
Here is today’s segment. I like the feel of this clip. It’s supposed to be part of a short personal essay on the virtues of a foot. Yeah I know... nerdy, but I feel a bit strongly about this. I like where it’s going though… it kind of has the feel of a love note… maybe that’s the direction it’ll go.
I guess Miles can make anything seem like a love note.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
My motto is... "If you don't mind looking silly, you can have a whole bunch'a fun and you'll learn a whole lot more than the guy wanting to look really smart." Hopefully what the kids and I learn about shooting scripted demos over the next few weeks will translate into a decent strategy for capturing insights into the the studio life of a few of our local ceramic artists. I want to talk to a few of the artistic elders of our community and I would really like to get these interviews in while the oppertunity exists...
We are putting in 2 pieces this year, my 6 year old daughter and studio partner, Nico, made the choices… the ribbed yunomi "because it's fall", (go figure… I'm still working that one out), and a time files "because it's cool". Gotta listen to the mini-boss… when she speaks we all dance. I can't wait to see what this year brings.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Ferro Frit 3134 6.8%
OM4 (Kentucky ball clay) 23.3%
Silica (325 mesh) 23.3%
Red Iron Oxide 1.07%
Yellow Ocher 3.24%
Tin Oxide 4.85%
I've been mixing this recipe up since the fall 2005. It's a nifty little recipe I pulled from a February 2003 Ceramics monthly article. I was in the midst of a traumatic shift from firing large reduction cone 10 kilns to firing a small cone six electric. I liked warm and toasty asymmetrical surfaces and I knew that cone 10 reduction was my friend. For all the hype, I wasn't pleased with the glaze results coming out of my old electric and I needed a glaze that I could depend on and more importantly, live with… (cuz if it don't sell ya gotta live with it!)
This was the glaze I needed to get me going. It looks good. It's stable. It's dependable. I've never had to scrape a kiln shelf because of it, and its fun!
Yep… it's fun.
Used alone it's ok, but when you start mixing it in different ratios with the Satin White glaze, it deepens the pallet. You can click over to the Satin White glaze recipe for more information. It seems to mature fairly early giving a dry surface at cone 5 and a glassy surface at cone 7. I've done quite a bit of playing with the mixes and temps and I've settled into a 95%nutmeg / 5%satin white mix applied really thin. This creates a nice warm toasty flashing at the edges of application and works well with slips. I'm firing in a cone 5 to cone 7 range so I'll stick this glaze in where ever I need to fill space in the kiln. Like I said… dependable.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Serves me right for grumbling about sitting in my musty basement.
Here’s a few of the shots with dots...
Monday, October 12, 2009
I was surprised by the results of the load of work with decals. I’ve gotten so used to seeing a kiln load of experiments head off in a direction other than what I had in mind, but this time things generally worked out how I had envisioned. My transparent green and transparent blue glazes milked up a lot with crystals, (bummer), but I didn’t put a whole lot of work in with those glazes so no big loss, (yea!).
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Nico was the photographer in charge of collecting the documentation this weekend. I’ve been thoroughly convinced that there are many shots that only a six year old can get. Here are just a few shots of the people in our neighborhood this weekend. They were all our Good Fair Neighbors.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I was allowed in the back door under the condition that I hadn’t wallowed in anything yet. We were working with decals that we had just printed up. This was the maiden voyage for the printer that we brought into the studio to help with a few side projects as we move further into fall. We ended up pushing through about 30 pieces before deciding that was a big enough first time commitment to this project and loaded up the kiln happy with a handful of the designs.
That’s what’s burning in the kiln now, so we have to wait until 5pm tonight before we get to see if they actually survive.
Are we pushing it to close to the deadline?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Got another load of bisque in kiln with one more to go. I was up at 5 this morning waiting for it to hit temp. So while that cools, I’ll be spending the day glazing the next load and applying decals for refiring. Lots of spooky stuff. BoooooOOOOooooooo!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I’m going to have to take everything off line next weekend during the big event, so if you like what you see… stop on by the FetishGhost Etsy shop before next Friday. There are a lot of racers in this batch, so be sure to pop in and pick and choose… I’m hoping a lot of this load will be gone in a week and a half.
There is still one load of bisque and 2 glaze loads of canisters to go…and I still need to create a few new bits of new support media, costumes, and get a fair handle on the last minute details for the event. The kids and I are determined to make a good sport of this event and have a lot of fun with it, so we’ll see where this goes.
I do personally believe you can change the world with a few cups. Maybe not the world with a Big W, but the small neighborhood world that you live in. My kids and I have made a practice of handing out cups to people that we meet on our walks through the city, and the amount of goodwill it’s stirred up is heartwarming. It can be a fine way to pass on studio seconds or maybe it’s just some works that need to find a home to make room for new work. It’s a great way to make special friends this season. They’ll tell you about how much they enjoy the thought as time goes by.
To find out more about the project, check out posted links, and see some great cups, swing by Arthur ‘s Fan Page on Facebook.
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