Thursday, June 9, 2011
Old Is New Again
Here's a few of the pieces, from my high fire reduction days, which found new homes this week. Sorry about the photos, they were taken back then too. The lantern is porcelain with a pale blue celadon glaze, cobalt decoration, and unglazed black mountain top and pedestal.
This triple stoneware serving dish has an ohata kaki glaze. I really should make some more of this form, it's a space saver on a table, narrow and able to hold three different food items. I pointed out an artifact in the glaze, but a woman who just moved here from Germany, still wanted this piece.
I almost lost this teadust vase to a kiln shelf. The overlapped blue glaze ran in the front more than I planned and stuck to the kiln shelf. I learned from another potter to use a torch to heat the stuck glaze portion to red hot and then pop it off the shelf. A little sanding and it was just fine.
This leaf platter is one of the first sprig pieces I ever made, before I knew what a sprig was. Hence the overlapped leaves were thick and very large. Everyone kept telling me large, thick sprigs would pop off, but they didn't. Sometimes disregarding advice can lead to discoveries of what's possible with clay.
I'm a little sad to see these and the others go, but I had to make room for recent work. I wish I had taken better photos. Oh well, at least what was old is new again, in a new home. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement.