Friday, October 26, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Completed a two day majolica workshop with Linda Arbuckle at The Little Pottery Shop and Studio in Frederick, MD. Had a good time learning a new technique and approach. Linda is a wonderful instructor and potter. She makes majolica decorating look so easy. Now comes decision time . . . does this make it into my portfolio of pottery? i need to glaze and decorate a few more pieces before I have enough to fire the kiln. Till then, enjoy the pix.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
A recent Pottery Making Illustrated article inspired me to make some boxes. So, I rolled out some slabs of Soldate 30 clay that was available and tried the keystone form. The outside finish is a golden engobe with a black copper oxide wash. Inside is a satin black glaze. I did some others that have a volcano ash glaze on the outside; no pictures yet for posting. I had not done stiff slab boxes for a while; lost a few during the drying/bisque firing phase. But, that is what learning is about. I plan to make some of these with a low fire earthenware clay.
Here are a couple pictures of vases and bowls done in the kohiki stretched slip method I learned from Akira Satake. The vessels are fired in a gas kiln. An iron oxide wash is applied to the outside; the insides are glazed with Pete Pinnell's Cranberry Red. I've got a plastic bin with slabs ready to be made into more vases, bowls, ikebana vases, and other items. Need to get going.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
It's starting all over again . . . applications for 2012 craft fairs. The winner for the first application package of 2012: The Bluemont Fair, to be held 9/15-16 in Bluemont, VA. One of my favorites and a terrific family fair. The crafters offer a wide variety of home-made wares, lots of kids and adult activities. And, the music is a treat. Mark your calendars now. Looking forward to seeing you there.