Saturday, August 1, 2015

Maple Leaves & More from the Kiln

Did you see the blue moon? I went out this morning to catch a glimpse. Here are some quick photos I took of the kiln I unloaded last night. Then I had to pack up for the farmer's market. I had three maple leaf bowls in this firing. I'm not sure I want to sell this first bowl; I'm really smitten with it. I glazed it with a celadon glaze, even over the stain. I wasn't sure if the stain would show but it does.

For the other two maple leaf bowls I used a clear satin glaze. This one has a black glaze on the underside.

 This maple leaf bowl has a brown glaze on the underside.

This multi colored bowl has a rutile glaze on the underside. These underglazes fire much darker than I wish they did. I have plate drying that I hope dries lighter, we shall see.

 This vase has the same rutile glaze.

 For this pot I used the same brown glaze as the underside of the bowl.

 This vase has the same celadon glaze as the first maple bowl.

 Here are two sushi plates, again with the rutile glaze.

Here's a couple of heart dishes with the same rutile glaze. Off to the market now, hope it's a good one. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Recently our local grocery store started carrying sushi. I knew we'd be in big trouble financially since we love sushi, so I decided to learn how to make it myself. Just about anything you want to learn can be found on a youtube video. Above is my first attempt at a sushi roll. I used seaweed, sticky rice, cucumber and artificial crab leg. The sushi roll wasn't that bad. I found out real ginger isn't the same as pickled ginger. I must find a source for that. The kiln is firing down on another glaze load. Stay tuned for more new work soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bowls, Vases and Leaf Dishes

 Here are more pieces from this firing. This first is one of the multi colored bowls. These are really difficult to photograph because the texture really reflects the light.

Another large bowl with handles. These multi colored bowls with the black underglaze really darken up in the firing. I think next time I'll try making one without black underglaze and see what happens. These both have the shiny black glaze on the underside and on the edges.

 This vase is actually more green than gold.

 Same with this one, my camera color is way off.

This is fairly true to color but would you believe this is the same glaze as the large blue bowl I made a week or so ago. Every firing is different it seems.

 This vase is more lavender than it appears in the photograph.

 This leaf is two glazes overlapped and in person it has a lot of depth.

 This leaf has the same glaze as the large blue bowl from a week or so ago.

This one is a little muddy in color but interesting. Meanwhile I've just finished another bisque which I'll unload this morning. I am hoping to get the glaze in quickly so I'll have more new work for the market this week. We shall see if the weather cooperates. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lots of Green

In this firing I had lots of pieces with green celadon glaze. These pieces are much prettier in person. My photo color is off and I can't figure out how to fix it. The green's are brighter and richer than the photos. This first one is a Queen Anne's Lace oblong bowl.

This is a round Queen Anne's Lace bowl. I am still surprised when I open the kiln at how much pieces shrink in the firings.

Here's a small Queen Anne's Lace platter. I need to make more of these Queen Anne's Lace pieces, hope there is still some blooming. I guess I could grow some carrots just for their flowers.

Here's a Queen Anne's Lace serving tray. You just may be able to see in the middle of each of the long sides the remnants of a handle which fell off when I was glazing. It made it through the bisque but I guess it wasn't attached very well. I sanded the attachment points and fired it anyway. For this tray and the platter above I rubbed RIO on the leaves. For the other's I didn't use RIO. Not sure which I like better.

Here's another leaf bowl with different leaves. You'll notice a slight difference in the color of the green's. I've used two different celadon glazes. One's a more blue green and the other a more Spring green.

One of my leaf dishes. I fired lots of them this time. A few with glaze tests. Got to go back over my notes to see which is which.

 Here are four green leaf dishes.

Here are the experimental tiles. I'll work on my lettering and I also plan to leave a bit more open space with more defined leaf impressions on the tile. Stay tuned for more from this firing coming up soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.