Getting into the studio & life choices
I was able to bike into the studio for the first time this year (rather than take the train), it was so nice! I’ve started work on my second vase, but my phone was dead so I couldn’t take a picture of it. I also have some mugs all finished that I need to take pictures of… This week’s been busy (I went snowboarding for a few days) but then next few weeks should have me...
Tenmoku (also spelled “temmoku” and “temoku”) is a dark glaze with a surface that resembles oilspotting. It is made of feldspar, limestone, and iron oxide. The more quickly a piece is cooled, the blacker the glaze will be. Tenmoku takes its name from the 天目 (Mandarin: tiān mù; Japanese: ten moku; English: Heaven’s Eye) mountain temple in China where iron-glazed bowls...
Glaze day today! Today it's mugs.
I want to look into the world of pitchers!
I love the thought of functional pottery that is obviously not functional, but an art piece. The elements and form are no longer though of as something that must work, day after day, but something to be played with, an element that enhances the piece. I made a fairly basic pitcher/vase in the studio last night. I think I want to make another, slightly more sculptural pitcher now. Going to put...
I want one of my next projects to be a houbin teapot. These are small, single serving pots (it seems they usually don’t have handles). First you pour the tea into a small bowl, to cool the water, then into the teapot for a short amount of time. Each cup of tea is made separately for your guests so that it’s as fresh as possible. (found @...
Found @ http://www.phoenixpermaculture.org/profiles/blog/show?id=2008067%3ABlogPost%3A39269&commentId=2008067%3AComment%3A209226&xg_source=activity Ollas are unglazed earthenware pots that provide slow deep water released directly to plant roots. I just discovered these! I wish I had known about them 2 summers ago, when I had started my balcony garden. All outside my apartment door...
for the advice from a few of you! I stopped using slip when finishing/trimming the foot and compressed it with my dry finger. It got a very lovely burnish, nice and smooth. I’m excited to see how it turns out :)
divingintotheclay answered your question: The teapot! My first one in 4 years and only my… It’s stoneware? The grog can make it scratchy. Wet processes - especially sponging - can strip away fine particles leaving it rougher still. Yes! It’s stoneware. This teapot was made from reclaimed clay too, could have added to the groggy-ness.
fired-earth answered your question: The teapot! My first one in 4 years and only my… I make them smooth when turning, using fingers or sponge to compress/burnish. After glaze try grinding with axe sharpening stone. good luck kandicepoole answered your question: The teapot! My first one in 4 years and only my… Try smoothing it out by kind of swirling its bottom against the bottom...