Friday, June 22, 2012

Throwing and Reduction

Here's a couple of porcelain bowls from 2008 about 4 h x 5 w inches each. Sorry about photo quality. The bowls are long gone and these are the only photos I have. These were thrown with a grolleg porcelain developed by Tom Coleman. Both bowls were fired on the bottom shelf in an updraft gas kiln in the same load to Cone 11. 

The first has a Jensen red glaze. I never had this glaze break white except on this bowl. The second bowl has a tea dust glaze breaking to a reddish brown color. Breaking is where a glaze changes color or variegates at the edges or over texture of a piece of pottery and is considered desirable trait. These glazes and clay can be obtained from Aardvark Clay in Los Angeles. I hope to get back to throwing one of these days. I keep watching the ads for a used wheel but so far no luck. Maybe some day I'll high fire again too. Here is a great article on reduction firing by Linda Arbuckle. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I belong to the yahoo potter barter group. It's a place to list pottery stuff for sale etc. They send you an e-mail with new listings. It's all over the country but you never know when something close to you might get listed.
    here is the link:

  2. ooh man, I love that top one!

  3. I bought a pot in Asheville that must have a similar glaze on it because it is red with a lot of white. The potter told me it was the same red glaze over the entire piece, it's just that this one got hit in such a way that it's only on part of the pot. It's absolutely beautiful, like yours.

  4. Hi Michele, thanks, I'll have to keep checking with them to see if one comes up for sale.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, it now resides across the globe.

    Hi Lori, thanks, it was strange to me how the white showed up in different areas, but I did like, one of the fun things about reduction.


I love suggestions, questions, critiques, thanks for your comment