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.