Simple clay From forest, ocean, hill Make a home Old clay Soul of the forest Beautiful dirt
The two small plates (test plates)
My idea for these was that they were “Japanese” design. I brought them home and my husband said they looked like ashtrays, haha. Well, thanks? Can’t grow without criticism, right? Now that I look at them, they sort of do look like ashtrays. The brown glaze is (on white clay) a white glaze that gets flecks of green and blue… I guess on the red clay it turns brown. Good...
My wonky mugs!
Now, keep in mind that these are the first things I’ve done in 4 years! There were some really nice surprises with the glazes, and I think I went a little overboard on the wax brushwork… but live and learn, right? If I were to do them again I would keep the wax to one or two swipes. Mug 1: Mug 2: And lastly, together:
The woman who drives me into the studio sometimes...
Bizen Ware (Bizenyaki)
Bizen ware (備前焼, Bizen-yaki?) is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable by its ironlike hardness, reddish brown color, absence of glaze, and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing. (Found @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizen_ware) Bizen is named after the village of Imbe in Okayama prefecture, formerly known as Bizen province. This artwork is Japan’s oldest pottery making...
Today I glaze
and then try to make tea cups, wabi sabi style. Exciting times :) Might stay really late tonight and lose track of time (Hubby is going out tonight).
(found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi) The aesthetic “wabi sabi” is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural...
Bizen Ware (Bizenyaki)
*are you kidding me?? I did a whole article with pictures on Bizenyaki, put it in the queue, now… where you at article?? Where you at, pictures? aw man. This stuff’s really cool. Okay, I’ll write about it again next week (It’s on my computer at work. What? Noooooo, I didn’t do these at work….)
Tokoname Kyusu Kiln
“Amongst Japan’s six ancient kilns (Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tanba, Bizen and Tokoname), Tokoname is said to be the largest and oldest. Tokoname teapots are recognized as the best of their kind in Japan, just as Yixing teapots are recognized in China”. (found @ http://www.artisticnippon.com/product/tokoname/tokonameindex.htm) “Tokoname is a small city, situated in...
Hagi is a city in Japan that has a pinkish, corse clay. Some kidnapped Korean potters were the first to make pottery for tea in this city: “the simple rustic shapes with a delicate transluscent white glaze found favor with tea ceremony masters, giving Hagi yaki a certain cachet and ensuring its position as one of the most prestigious potteries in Japan”. (found @...
I figgured that if I was going to try to make a teapot, I should look into the history and the traditional designs of teapots in Japan. (found @ http://www.teapots.net/) By the 15th century CE, both the Chinese and Japanese were drinking tea for ceremonial purposes, and the beverage was no longer regarded solely for its medicinal properties. Chinese scholars and intellectuals involved...
What to make??
I’m going to the studio this afternoon. I was thinking that I would make 2 large square plates to match the small “test” plates that I made last week. That means that I need to make a mold before this afternoon… and I’ve been lazy. So I could do that, or I could look into making tea cups, Japanese style. That’s going to be my next attempt, I think. Tea cups...
dpurv reblogged your post: Malcom Davis Shinoblock is amazing, but it’s very unpredictable. Test before you use it!! Oh yeah, that’ll be years from now! I asked the head guy at the studio I’m at if they have any Shino glaze (you know, it’s Japan and it’s a Japanese glaze…) and he basically said, “oh no, that’s a very advanced glaze and you’d have to...
Malcom Davis Shino
I’m really excited about this one just from the few pictures I’ve seen already! Malcolm Davis Shino Cone 10 Redux Nepheline Syenite 40.91 Soda Ash 17.27 Kona F-4 Soda Feldspar 9.82 Edgar Plastic Kaolin 18.18 Om #4 Kentucky Ball Clay 13.82 Artist - Malcom Davis @ http://www.clayartsguild.com/workshops/potteryworkshop-jan26-malcolmdavis.php and @...
Red Shino Cone 10 redux Red Orange Shino (apply thin) Nepheline Syenite 40 Spodumene 30 Ball Clay 17 Soda Ash 8 Kaolin 5 Artist: Lisa Hammond @ http://claylink.com/zen/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=10 Red Shino Chawan with white cape, Stoneware, Red Shino 3.5 x 4.5 x 4.5, $380.00 Red Shino faceted Unomi with wipes Stoneware, Red Shino with wipes, 4 x 3 x 3, $180.00 From what I...
treade reblogged your post: Basic Shaner’s Shino Recipe So trying this recipe when…finally figure out what’s wrong with my kiln (it used I know right? I would love to just experiment all day with these glazes but at the studio I’m working in now they’re all pre-mixed glazes. That, and there ‘s the little detail of me being able to actually READ all the labels,...
Basic Shaner's Shino Recipe
Shaner’s Shino Cone 10 redux Nepheline Syenite 38.61 Spodumene 29.70 Kaolin 4.95 Ball Clay 16.83 Bentonite 1.98 Soda Ash 7.92 The Artist didn’t list his glaze recipes, but these are variations of the Shaner’s Shino (from what I could gather). The middle band of color seems to be from the layering of the shino and “Stoney” as he calls it. Artist: Dave Blakeslee @...
Moon Rock Shino
The only post I could easily find was this one: http://justanothermudbug.blogspot.com/2011/04/moon-rocks-shino-and-updraft-firing.html I’m sure you could contact the artist on his blog with any questions about the glaze and how it works. He wrote a little bit about how Shino glazes are best left to sit over night to let everything settle, get the air out, and have the color fully...
Shino recipes and coments →
A short forum that has a bunch of recipes for different shino glazes with a few of the artist’s comments about how the glaze acts. I want to follow up on this by looking into each glaze to find some examples and choose my favorite version (like I know anything, haha) to try in the future, if I get a chance.
Glaze of the week - Shino
Shino glaze (志野釉, Shino uwagusuri) is a generic term for a family of pottery glazes. They tend to range in color from milky white to a light orange, sometimes with charcoal grey spotting, known as “carbon trap” which is the trapping of carbon in the glaze during the firing process. Although many different colorants and fluxes can be added, creating a wide range of effects, Shino...
Another Square Plate
Note from the artist (Pat Parker’s Stoneware Pottery @ http://www.handmadespark.com/myspark/patspottery ) I was inspired to make this 7” x 7”stamped plate when a fellow potter offered to make me some wood frames to form the clay. The fun begins when after rolling, stamping, cutting and placing the clay into the frame, it is dropped from waist height to mold the clay into the...
My next project
I think I’ll diverge into the wonderful world of slab building. I want to make a plate set, maybe 4 large plates and 4 bowls or small plates. I think I might make a mold to shape them and do some stamp patterns… Today I’ve been looking online for bits of inspiration.
I go to glaze my first two pots tomorrow! Tests...
Back off & give me some space dude
A little over a week ago I biked into the pottery studio after work. It took me a little time to find it (I can’t read here, so I was using my iPhone map & going off of memory). Finally I found the studio! I went to the front desk to ask for the key to the studio. Apparently the Japanese word for key is “key”, but with a Japanese accent. Anyway, I was alone at last with...