Thursday, 14 April 2016

Post 214 New pots

Ok, well I'm catching up and have another post today, having taken a few more pictures. As I said in my last post in this firing group there are a few pots which have been inspired by the rugged sophistication of paleolithic pots. For most of the people of the time most of what they have left behind are their flint tools and pots. As challenging as life at the time must have been just to survive they found time for decoration of their utilitarian pots. Inscribed lines and patterns often filled with a clay of a different colour, exercising creativity without concern for precision; truly wonderful objects. So I have made a few of my own, to follow:

First up is Pot 236, an oval at 215 x 170 x 50 with a 'beaten' wall surface reminiscent of beaten copper ware, in a lightly applied matte blue glaze.

Next is Pot at 244 at  250 x 195 x 50. A nice little formal oval with rounded flange and mid brown satin glaze.

 This is Pot 249 an oval at 210 x 170 x 50. The wall is fluted and the pot rimless in my beige breaking rust glaze.
 Pot 249

Pot 251 at 215 x 165 x 50 is an unglazed oval with three rings of oblique slip filled engraved lines.  The body of the pot is my standard stoneware which fires to a biscuit colour in the electric kiln and the slip fill is an off-white stoneware.

 Pot 251 detail

Pot 252 is the slightly larger oval with straight sides at 240 x 185 x 50, unglazed. The walls have vertical engraved slip filled lines.

 Pot 252 detail

  Pot 253 at 215 x 165 x 50 is an unglazed oval pot with convex walls, inward curved at the top and vertical slip filled engraved lines.

 Pot 253 detail
 Pot 254 is an oval with three rows of impressed marks then glazed in a brown glaze. Size is 250 x 190 x 50

 Pot 254 detail

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Post 213 New Pots

Another batch of pot from the kiln; all of these smaller ones. I'm developing a number of smaller bonsai for my old age so have been producing a batch of mostly Ovals between 250 and 220mm lengths. I have thought for some time about the idea of stamping/ pattern impressing the walls of a pot and then getting variation in the glaze through different depths in the patterns. There are a few here.

First up is Pot 237 a small semi cascade, which ended up at 135 x 140 x 100 in mid brown glaze.

Pot 238 at 220 x 175 x 55 is an Oval in a Butterscotch glaze with added Iron. The RIO too the edge off the yellow of the butterscotch with a little bronze highlight not clear in the picture. Very nice.

 I was too impatient and went out and put a tree in this one straight away. I'd made it for this Gardenia which has four G.radicans slips grafted onto an old garden G.florida stump. A couple of years and in flower it will be hard to beat.
Pot 239 at 250 x 195 x 55, an Oval in a dark almost metallic satin blue.
 Pot 240 is an Oval at 235 x 180 x 55. It has an impressed 'basket-weave' pattern in the wall and rimless. Glaze is beige with breaking rust.

Another one I was quick off the mark with. Pot 241 at 210 x 155 x 55 is a rimless Oval with 'X' impressed wall and lime green glaze.

Pot 243 at 250 x 195 x 55, Oval, has the same wall relief and glaze as Pot 241, and has a rounder rim.

Pot 245 at 220 x 175 x 55 is a fairly upright straight walled Oval with light wall texturing and a flat mid blue glaze.

 Pot 246, 250 x 195 x 55 is a regular Oval pot with square rim and an off-white glaze with slight green tone.

Pot 247, 220 x 175 x 55 is an Oval with rounded rim and basket-weave impressed wall. Mid-blue glaze.

 Pot 248 is a Bowed Wall Rectangular at 250 x 180 x 55 in light brown satin glaze.

I have some more to post yet from a later firing. Some of these new ones I have been experimenting with unglazed pots inspired by the rugged sophistication of neolithic engraved and slip decorated pots. Soon.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Post 212 Pot Sales

I have today updated the Pot Sales page to show clearly only the pots which are currently available for sale.

If you visit the Gallery page, towards the end of the photos, you will see some links to a series of other posts. These are the post pages where more recent pots can be found. The links were placed in the gallery to reduce the duplication of the photographic record.

I had to post this sweet little 220 mm oval from a recent firing - not yet posted. It is glazed in a heavily Titanium coloured butterscotch glaze with a touch of iron. Silicia, Ball Clay, Frit 4124, Dolomite and GB in equal parts, then 10 Ti, 6 Rutile and 1 RIO.

Happy Potter

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Post 211 New Tanuki hot out of the kliln

I really wasn't going to make any more of these but I had one small slender Sargent left and so it was a matter of well why not, the others are doing really well. Perhaps it will be like my photography - the more pictures I take the more good ones I get.

 This is the front. It is about 320mm high from the intended soil line. With this one I've made some legs to go down into the media and help support the weight as well as give a little stability. Off-white stoneware.

 From the right.
 From the back.
 From the left.

And then finally with the tree mounted and potted up. It needs to extend another 75mm or so to fill the cavity and then at completion I see the top of the tree extending another 100 mm or so above the top branch of the tanuki. Two or three years and it will look very presentable.