Becky and I finally finished preparing for the tests of the cone 10 glazes..8 in all. The things you learn on the way, like add epsom salt to Yanagahara, or else it will be like cement on the bottom....here is Minke working it out for us..
and we loaded the kiln for Friday's halloween Barrel firing....And the babies are getting ready too (from GNO this past Friday)
Thanks for the beer John, not that I enjoyed it at all, but it came in so handy for size reference!! Working on a large bowl like this has brought up new physical considerations. One, at this size, and on the table, I cannot even reach to the bottom from where I sit. So I need to build a contraption of sorts to hold it my lap to work on it--my lap is not level (I am out of balance again!!)....As it is now, imagine working on your pot with your arms shoulder height...not a good place ergonomically.
You all know this, but making larger pieces is much more physical.
I made one tonight at the studio....a photo to follow. but I took it with John's camera and am waiting for him to send it to me. And with John making a 100 pots, he could be at the studio for awhile...
Pottery from the weekend. Here is a shot of those bottles I mentioned last post that I am having fun building. And a lovely gift this late into the fall: gardenia, which we enjoyed smelling at the studio. Here they are displayed in one my recent favorite pots from a firing from this summer.
What a lucky day to arrive at the studio and find a cd with some images of the latest barrel fired pots!! And so fun to see the pots again. Tonight, I pinched some new bottle forms I am playing around with (that I learned from Amy)and just stared at the surfaces of the barrel fired pieces. Here are some shots. many thanks to Max McLeod for his love of photography, having fun with it, and sharing it with us-- This is about 12 or 13 inches high. I make the point, since most of my pots shaped like this fit into the palm of my hand. It was built with slabs coiled around, some pinching.
A close up view....(yes this pot did crack, all the way around too!!!)
This little set does fit in your hands. Some different surface marks....This guy is a pinch pot, if I had to guess without measureing... about 7 inches across, 6 inches high.