Monday, January 10, 2011
More Time Shooting in the Studio Tonight
I like it when the weekend ends and I feel like I have actually accomplished something. For much of the past week, I have had my head in my hands, trying to deal with this massive headcold. Nothing knocks me down worse than a simple cold. Straight from a sore throat to a sinus infection, skipping all the fun steps along the way! Now, I'm on the mend and can finally tilt my head down from the horizontal plane again without fear of passing out.
Tonight when we got home from dinner at a friend's house, I had just enough energy to get myself back into the studio for some more work on our pottery collection. This "teaching collection" has been such fun to uncover. At some point it might make sense to turn some of it into a book format.. who knows?
This is one of the teabowls I made during the last year I was in grad school. Most of my time was spent making those monstrous platters with the rich deep bizarre glazes, but I still found time to make a handful of functional pots. Everything was thrown with a nice white stoneware clay, fired to cone 10 in gas reduction. Simple saturated slips under a white fake ash, high calcium glaze. I have had a few folks ask why if the fake ash glaze is white, why does it show up as tan or off-white. There is an overlap at the rim with the tenmoku, and the iron from that gets pulled into the high calcium glaze's rivulets. Keeps the glaze from looking anemic.