Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Few Results

Teadust Pillow Box by Linda Starr
8" x 5.25" x 4.25"

Fem Bud Vase by Linda Starr
12" x 5.5"

Tenmoku Tea Bowl by Linda Starr
2.75" x 4.5"

Pair of Textured Bowls by Linda Starr
7.5" x 1.75"

Vine Pitcher & Two Cups by Linda Starr
pitcher 9" x 2.5" x 4.5", cups 4.5 " x 2.5"

Just A Window by Linda Starr
7.25" x 8.5" x 1.5"

Jelly Fish by Linda Starr
4.5" x 6.25"

The last firing, gas reduction, cone 9.5, eight hours, slow cool.


  1. the bud vase is yummy! You have some great results!

  2. Hi Meredith, thanks, although the vase didn't turn out as I planned or intended. I used a mustard yellow glaze and splattered a flambe blue glaze (same blue I used on the interior) in a couple of diagonals across the vase expecting some random sized floating blue spots - but I like it - it almost looks like an ash glaze - I'm still getting used to it - that's the unexpected results of reduction firings.

  3. Great results! I like the Teadust Pillow Box and the color & texture on the Vine pitcher too. You have been busy! Cant wait to see what you make after going to the S.F. workshop :o)

  4. Yeah, Whew! Well that's worth waiting for and re doing! Like the tea glaze cool affect!

  5. Hi Cindy, thanks, the teadust glaze came out spectacular, I am so pleased with it. I want to use the vine texture on more pieces too. I plan on making more of my windows and some other pieces with the techniques I learned at the workshop.

    Hi Mary, thanks, yes the advice I was given and the fact the kiln was fired almost to temp this time really helped me finally achieve the results I expected. So much can go wrong with firings, especially reduction firings.

  6. Don't you love that tea dust glaze. I used to work for a potter that used it on dinnerware sets and it is so nice. Great glaze on the vase also, it has so much depth. I forgot to comment on your SF trip, but it looked like great fun. I used to go to SF every January and July to set up several showrooms at the furniture market there. A friend of mine owned the Holiday Inn on Van Ness and would give me the corner penthouse that overlooked Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate bridge. I was 23 years old and thought I was in heaven! What I would give for some sourdough and dungeness crab right now!!

  7. Hi Tracey, thanks about the vase, as I was saying above to Meredith, that wasn't what I intended, I am still getting used to it. Yes I do love the teadust for several reasons, one it matures at a wide range cone 8 to 11, doesn't run, fits like a glove, and breaks with that reddish chestnet beautifully. I never thought of putting it on a plate or platter, but I just might try it, how rich that would be to have a set of teadust dishes. You were in heaven if you were in the penthouse and just up from Fisherman's Wharf in SF - I was going to have abalone when I was there this time, but market price was $90 pound so I had calamari instead - didn't feel like messing with the crab. I used to have a boyfriend who would free dive on private land in Marin County and we had all the abalone we could eat. There are some pretty good restaurants in North Beach too, well heck all over the city. Those were the days for sure.

  8. The glaze colors and texture on the fern vase are really rich. Looks like the refiring gave you good results. Hooray!
    Yep, I remember those good old days when you could just dive in and come up with a feast. Yum.

  9. Hi Barbara, Thanks, I should have clarified though, the only one of these that is re-fired is the tenmoku teabowl, the rest were various other pieces I had been working on which had been bisqued and I didn't think I would get fired, but then they had one more firing and I put these in along with the re-fires. I'll be posting some of those later. I just wanted to post something nice for a change. Ha!

  10. Great results. I love the vine pitcher and cups, have a lokk at the work of Sarah Dunstan she is an English potter, you will find her work interesting in relation to these pots of yours.

  11. Oh yeah, North Beach, I had one of the best Italian meals I have ever had at some restaurant at North Beach.

  12. Nice, Linda - I particularly like the little purse shaped covered box and window!

  13. Ok, this is another response that got lost in never never land, that I am retyping - I know blogger was going to be down, maybe that was what happened to my response.

    Hi Kitty, thanks so much. I also have a platter with the same color and texture to match the pitcher and cups. I'm hoping to make various sets of items; I had a sugar bowl and creamer, but the glaze didn't mature, boo hoo. Thanks for the link I will check out her work; I really appreciate it. I love looking at others work seeing their building techniques and styles as I develop my own.

    Hi Tracey, perhaps it was Cafe Sport? I went there many moons ago and who came in but Clint Eastwood wearing a Cafe Sport t-shirt - we all tried not to drool and stare too much. The two Italian brothers came out of the kitchen when we were trying to decide on red or white sauce and let us taste the sauce from a big spoon right at the table. It was a little intimate place which was decorated like you were sitting in an outdoor cafe near a piazza in Italy - and it's famous for very wonderful Italian food.

    Hi Cynthia, thanks, Gary said the purse pillow box looks like someone stepped on it ha. Thanks about the window - if you look closely you'll see the transparent glaze over the window looks like wavy antique glass - a happy and welcomed accident. This is a prototype from which I plan on making more with scenes on the window panes of what would be seen outside and what could be seen inside a building - I can't wait to make some more.

    Hi Joan, thanks, I want to modify the cover just a bit. I'd also want to make a few more of these with texture and different glazes or surface treatments.

  14. So glad that they turned out. Really nice work. Lovely teadust glaze.

    There is something quite special about "Just A Window". It has a lot of mystery, stillness, and a presence to it.

    The feeling I get from it reminds of an exhibition I went to of Ralph Hotere. Hotere is a New Zealand Artist, who paints, does print making, and sculpture. Not everyone likes his work as it is mostly abstract, often painted mostly black, and he does use corrugated iron, house paint, demolition timber, and so on in his sculpture. He has collaborated at times with NZ poets in producing work that incorporates words. I find Hotere exhibitions very rewarding. I don't "get" or understand some of the individual pieces that he does, but the feeling of walking amongst a collection of them is special. It reminds me of walking in a forest, or being at the wild sea shore. Or somewhere very sacred. You might like to do an image search for him on Google.

    I also like your Jellyfish.

  15. Hi Peter, yes the teadust came out really nice with chesnut splotches and breaking to chestnut.

    Thanks so much about the window. This idea came from a drawing I did in my journal back in December last year and finally got around to making it. I had hurt my back and had to lie in bed for quite some time and was feeling rather depressed about the whole thing thinking all I could do was look out the window. Originally I was going to do some scenes as if looking out a window or looking in a window on the panes, but I am glad I didn't for this first one. The panes look like old glass. I can't wait to affix the hangers and hang it and let it sit a bit to see how it feels to me too. I appreciate your references and I will definitely look up Ralph Hotere. When you said a walk in the forest, you reminded me of a recurring dream I used to have as a teenager - I will have to tell you about it some time.

    The jelly fish came about because I had some leftover clay after making the window. I made two, a larger one had some tenacles broken by someone curious. Sometimes when I am using up a bit of leftover clay, images or pieces just come to me and I spontaneously make them without any planning whatsoever. Now that I've made this jelly fish, I've been looking at some images of jelly fish taken under water and they are so beckoning to me, like a mystery waiting to be discovered. I think I would like to make some more of them.

    Thanks again Peter.

  16. Thanks for that Linda.
    I like the idea of making things spontaneously from scrap clay. I must try that myself. P.

  17. Hi Peter, check out this link to my Spirit Bird - where I describe how I made another piece where I was using up clay spontaneously.

    Yes, try it, Peter, I liken it to those trust workshops where people used to have to fall backwards with their eyes closed, trusting the person behind them to catch them, but in this case you are trusting your mind and the clay to catch you - to send you somewhere pleasant and fruitful.


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