I have been wanting to try the pointy layers technique since @tree_marie_soapworks posted a video on how to make it! My friend loves Baby’s Breath from @brambleberry and since it is a slow moving fragrance, I knew it would be the perfect project to try this technique! I love how it turned out! I soaped are room temperature and the fragrance gave me plenty of time to create the layers. I can’t wait to try this technique again! 🍃💚 ...
Three bowls, each made with a different stoneware clay body but with the same dark green glaze applied. The change that it makes from piece to piece in the surface texture and colour is really surprising. The usual clay I use is that of the bottom bowl, while wedged in-between is an old piece made with a now unknown clay body and the topmost bowl is a newer clay that I hope to begin using more. All are stonewares with high levels of iron mixed in and are reduction fired in gas kilns.
I prefer this method as a way of creating different hues as opposed to having dozens of glaze buckets filling up the studio, although it does mean I have to be more careful with my reclaim. One benefit of having two wheels is that I can throw with different clays on each, one for porcelain, one for stoneware, without having to constantly mop out the wheel tray and thoroughly clean them so contamination doesn’t occur. At least when using stonewares that are at least quite similar I don’t mind too much if a few bits mix here and there. I can just wedge the clay properly and my glazes will work well, even giving results that’ll likely be very difficult to ever reproduce accurately. I like having pots that fire differently to everything else, irregularities in colour, clay, specks of iron, flashes of red from copper or swaths of over fired glaze that create gradients in colour across the pot all add to their interest. ...
Another before and after from my archives. Two photographs of an old reduction firing, one image showing the freshly packed, still powdery pots delicately placed into the kiln, and the next shows the same pots but after twelve hours of intense flames and an atmosphere devoid of oxygen. It’s this reaction, stifling the amount of oxygen in the kiln, that causes the flames to pull apart molecules within the clay and glazes, dragging them to the surface and bubbling into dots of iron and changing the glazes into the blues and greens you see here. If fired in an oxidised atmosphere these same glazes change into yellows and browns that rarely look pleasant.
Clay shrinks. This one about 12.5% from freshly thrown to glaze fired. It’s a significant amount and does mean you have to account for it in your making. Still to this day I am often disappointed by just how much smaller pots get, their volume too, what they hold changes far more than you might think.
You’ll notice on the right shelves of the kiln there are slices of kiln brick placed between the pots and where the flames shoot up from. This was done to stop the edges of pots getting scorched, as they were very close. Pots caught by this jet of fire would end up with their glaze boiling wherever the flames really hit, deepening in colour, singed.
This little kiln will fire very differently compared to my new one, which I’ll be making videos like this for a lot more often once it’s finally hooked up to the gas and has the chimney and flue built overtop. I always had an issue with this one firing evenly, the upper left shelves consistently fire cooler, meaning the glazes surfaces were dull and muted in comparison to those that received the right amount of heat. This was because there were only burners on the righthand side, whereas my new giant Rohde kiln has one big burner on each corner, hopefully eliminating the problem of even firings. ...
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I was finally able to make another bundle of incense this week 🌈😊
Burning incense can help by reducing Anxiety & Tension. The calming effects of incense are well known by Monks and spiritual leaders. Certain incense aromas are known to slow down the heart rate and soothe nerves. Therefore, relieves built up tension in the muscles, enabling incense to also be used as a muscle relaxer. ...
The next job is to draw a cat🐱
From February 19 to March 19, the 「Cat Exhibition」 held at Kobe Kitano Museum is an art event aimed at donating animals protected by abuse and abandonment.
#botanical#natural#penart#dot#artisan#sumie #Japaneseart#kyogi #cat#event
#点描 #赤杉 #木材 #ペン画 #ドット #水墨
#流木額 #ナチュラル #猫 #チャリティー