Monday, March 18, 2013

I found this clip which I think is the same motorcycle my grandfather had here at top blog !

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This old photo !

This photo is dated around 1917. My grandfather on my mother's side seated on his BSA 'combo'.
Around him his children, Kay, Sam, Guy and the youngest my mother Elizabeth.
My grandfather was in the Navy and was a doctor and surgeon I believe.

Some images from my show at La Mano Pottery, NYC - March 8-9th

View from Hotel opposite

West 26th st.

Shino pieces

Tenmoku and shino

Shino, ash, and iron slip

Shino bottle

Wax faceted blue wash bowl

Iron slip sgrafitto

porcelain fluted

porcelain fluted celadon

celadon pieces

Window from Street

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Some images from my studio today ...

Iron oxide wash 

Applied with hake brush

Teapot waxed and dipped waiting sponge off

Set up of kiln pack on table

Pots in process of decoration etc

Iron and cobalt pigments + various brushes

Simple plant motif - cobalt

Fleck motif - cobalt

DL foxglove motif - cobalt

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Auction

Opening the kiln...

As I had not fired the kiln for some months, glaze fired I mean, I was aware that this firing might not be quite on target. That I would need this firing to zero in my sights as it were on the glazes and placement in the kiln of the pots.
I did not place my better pots in the kiln !  wise move yes!
First I should say that the kiln was a wee bit too hot.
The tenmoku was applies a little too thin so it came out rather too brown and the ilmenite decoration did not show up !
The Shinos some were good some were poor in my opinion. I applied them too thick in general, so perhaps a slightly hotter kiln was actually good for them anyway !
Some images below of some of the pots and more images to come ....
We keep practicing !


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gas kiln firing

Started at 4.30pm and finished at midnight, had a 15 min oxidising soak at the end.....
Reducing into collector - pottery door open !

image showing collector pipe

another angle

yet another

twin weedburners
Opening the kiln around lunch time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb 26

Spent the day loading the kiln with individual pots ( not repeats).
Glazing, waxing, decorating .....
Propane torching pots to get them dry.
Placing them on the wood stove....
Experimenting with a few glaze combinations.
Managed to get the kiln lit by 4.30pm so looks like a latish night !
At 5 pm hairy legs came with a delivery from Abrams Books !!
My book has finally been printed and we have a copy to peruse !
Pretty impressive I think and all for sale for $20 on Amazon !
Wow that's a bargain !
I yes I forgot to mention we  have a new "keep practicing" Tea shirt !
See that on my website but I'll put a picture here as well.

All for now .....

Monday, February 25, 2013

Glazing and packing the kiln !

Spent a good part of the day glazing various pots and positioning them in the kiln.
After I have not fired the kiln for a while it takes me a firing to get back into the swing of things.
Remembering glaze thicknesses where to put certain pots, where the hottest parts of the kiln are
and remembering to put the cone in place !
One of the nice things about a smaller kiln is that one can load and fire quicker than a large kiln.
Therefore one can learn quicker the tricks, that are necessary to get the results you want.

Had some good news that my book is printed and I should be getting a copy tomorrow !
Bruce Dehnert my co author called me up and told me he was very pleased with it !
The book is a bargain at $20 on Amazon and comes with two DVD's..... preorder yours today as the price will go up!
Some images from the studio today.
Time to run a bath !