Sunday, January 23, 2011

Last firing from the residual salt kiln



2010 finished off with a particularly meaningful firing - one which has required about a month of reflection and handling of the finished pieces before I have been able to form conclusions about their qualities. These tea bowls and yunomis were all hand formed on the wheel and reduction fired to cone 1 after having been soaked in a 'sodium' solution composed of lithium carbonate, soda ash, and a trace amount of iron oxide for flashing effects. At cone 1 this solution formed subtle variations in texture and color which are truly remarkable.
It has taken me almost a month to understand the unique qualities of the pieces. I had intentionally planned for greater variation in color. However, I could have never anticipated the subtle and mystical, almost foggy, surface variations which came from this firing - not to mention the wonderful sensation of their polished stone-like texture.





residual salt fired teabowl with 'enso' resist mark
hand formed porcelain
2010
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residual salt fired tea bowl
hand formed porcelain with wadding resist marks
2010
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residual salt fired yunomi
hand formed porcelain with wadding resit mark
2010
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residual salt fired tea bowl
hand formed porcelain with resist mark
2010
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residual salt fired yunomi with resist marks
hand formed white stoneware
2010
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residual salt fired yunomi
hand formed porcelain
2010
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residual salt fired cups
hand formed porcelain, white stoneware - terra cotta base

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2010 update



laying the foundation



Cinderblock base set



finished grate system



loading







first peak through the stoke hole after 3 days of cooling


view from the top with kaowool lid removed



several finished sipping cups/bottle


thrown vase
wood fired stoneware, 2010


hand built cylinder
wood fired stoneware, 2010


three hand built tea bowls
wood fired stoneware - glazed and natural ash, 2010


Three hand built tea bowls
wood fired stoneware, all natural ash, 2010


hand built sipping cup
wood fired stoneware with flashing slip, 2010


thrown bottle vase
wood fired white stoneware, natural ash glaze, 2010


hand built sipping cup
wood fired stoneware with flashing slip, 2010


sipping cups
thrown porcelain, wood fired, all natural ash, 2010


enso form
thrown and altered stoneware
wood fired- all natural ash, 2010


enso form
thrown and altered white stoneware
wood fired, all natural ash, 2010


tea pot
thrown and altered white stoneware
wood fired, all natural ash, 2010


sake set
handbuilt stoneware
wood fired with flashing slip, 2010