Monday, February 6, 2012

Still Dancing with Crows

Cracked two kilns open this afternoon at the ceramics lab at UOP. One electric, testing scale-ups of the crawl glaze application.

What works just fine on the small scale of cups becomes very problematic on pieces over 10 inches for me.

The more I've played with this glaze, the more I can enjoy the chaos of the results.
The same can be said with the results from the tests coming out of the gas kiln. These are pieces retesting a Helmer flashing wash.

This wash is meant to be fired in a soda kiln, but I like the chalky effect when it's juxtaposed with a glossy matte. In the above case, it's a standard studio Shino over a Black Stain.
I like it.

Things don't need to be predictable to be enjoyable. Different is much more interesting.


cookingwithgas said...

I am still digging the fatness of those jars. One looks like a balloon....great use of volume and space.

FetishGhost said...

I'm getting better controlling the play between swelling and constriction of the form. I like taking it right to the point where it all wants desperately to collapse.
That probably says a bit too much about my character...

Ron said...

Your jars are great. I struggle with getting a form I like. I really like all the jar shapes you make. You own them and then the deco is amazing too.

Joe Troncale said...

Really great jars, but the glazes are what are amazing. Really nice work...