Monday, February 28, 2011

Portfolio Photography Soda Fire 1

A soda fired mug with flashing slip on the outside.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 6

Three cups with the cherry blossom shino. Again I received some great carbon trapping in the gas fire (which was the same firing as the other cherry blossom shino pieces.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 5




Back when I made these saucers I was watching an anime by the name of Mushi-Mushi. They kept drinking tea from saucers like this. So I decided to make some, well not just some but A LOT of them. This is just a few that when through the firing process.

My wife uses them for water color and sumi now.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 4

Here was the first large bowl I threw on the wheel. Not very good but it has something about it so I keep it around and use it for large salads.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 3

A bowl I did with the cherry blossom shino glaze. Again I got some good carbon trapping in the glaze.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 2


My water pitcher. I combined different glazes in layers to produce the look of water.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 1



Here is another of my cooking pots (with a lid that is made to become the bowl to eat from). This one was fired with a shino glaze (cherry blossom I believe the name was). The bowls received some great carbon trapping during the gas firing.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 11

A bowl and a two cups. These have the DeNile glaze on the inside.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 10


Bowls, Bowls, Bowls, Bowls, Bowls (aahh now that Spam song is stuck in my head).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 9

A couple more swirl cups. These have a clear glaze on the inside and rim with just the raw porcelain clay on the outside.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 8

I like drinking out of this cup. It fits well in my hand and with the curve does not want to slip out of it. Though on the swirl, I needed to add a little bit more mason stain to get the blue more vibrant.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 7


A pair of cups. I put the glaze DeNile inside. I like how this glaze gets a good crackle sometimes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 6

My gin and tonic cups. I want to play with this shape some more.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 5


Three small swirl bowls. They work great for ice cream or yogurt. Just enough but not to much.

Friday, February 11, 2011

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A picture of my pitcher. I had fun making this swirl pitcher. It is done in two parts. I throw the base and the the spout and attach them along with the handle later.

This one almost got away from me (the bottom was just about to collapse down upon itself). But I stopped in time and let it dry to stabilize itself.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 2

The Blue and White leaf bowl. Leafs where made with techniques I use in blacksmithing. This bowl is about 18" in diameter. The concept still needs work.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 1

Here are a couple of porcelain mugs I threw. To get the blue swirl I mixed the same porcelain clay with a blue mason stain. I then wedge the separate colors and cut them into sections. I combine those sections, white-blue-white-blue-white. I then throw the clay.

A good clean trim reveals the distinct lines of each color.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

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One of my nicer cups I made with the Cassius Basaltic clay. On the inside is a porcelain slip with a clear glaze ontop.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Portfolio Photography Cassius Basaltic Clay 9

Here is a big bowl I did. It has a porcelain slip with PB liner glaze ontop.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Portfolio Photography Cassius Basaltic Clay 8

With this cup I used a white slip on the inside of the Cassius Basaltic clay. After bisqueing I put a clear glaze on top of the slip. This worked out very well. No cratering of the glaze or slip but I still got a very nice off white color on the inside.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Portfolio Photography Cassius Basaltic Clay 7


Here is a small bowl I did out of the Cassius Basaltic Clay.

The liner glaze is a PB (Plastic Bitrox) Liner. This glaze works very well with this clay because the PB Liner is able to be fired with a range of cone 4 to cone 14. So if the cassius Basaltic clay still has gasses to be released, even after a longer bisque period, the PB Liner stays in a liquid / molten state for a longer time, giving the gasses from the clay time to escape without creating cratering in the glazing.

The PB Liner recipe with Percentage by Weight:
Colemanite 50%
Plastic Bitrox 50%
Zircopax 10%

To fill a 5 gallon bucket only 3 quarters full you would use
Colemanite 3000 grams
Plastic Bitrox 3000 grams
Zircopax 600 grams