Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall is in the air and I am feeling productive!

I was happy with the ginkgo leaf carvings on cylindrical vases so I decided to give it a go on the interiors of small bowls. I spent a couple hours one afternoon last week throwing two boards of bowls. The next morning I looked at them and wasn't happy at all. At least ten ended up in the scrap bucket. I started over and I think I am much happier with the shape of these. I have 11 completed and another 10 to finish today. In between carving bowls  I am still assembling piggy banks. I need to break it up for fear I will get tired of looking at those cute little faces.

On the firing front, Jeff worked two shifts firing David's wood kiln last week and then got a call from Fred Johnston that he had some space in his kiln and could use some help with loading and firing. The downside of having a gallery at your studio is that someone (meaning me!) needs to be here for potential customers. I miss out on the excitement of the firing, but I am still psyched about seeing our pots finished. We had a quite a few pots that had been hanging around for more that a year, just waiting for a wood firing opportunity. David's kiln will get unloaded this week, Fred's will be fired tomorrow and opened before the weekend. It's like a birthday and Christmas all in one week!

9 comments:

  1. Love the Ginko leaves in bowls. What glaze will you put on them?

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  2. I am going to experiment with both the glossy green and shino combo that I use a lot, and then some in celadon.

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  3. Lookin good. I liked hearing that you threw some out. People don't realize that there is a lot of work that with good quality there have to be some rejects and those figure in to the prices we have to charge.

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  4. These look great, obviously they are the winners. It always seems better to just recycle a pot that isn't up to standards than to try to fix it.

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  5. I don't know how you carve those leaves inside those bowls so beautifully, I can't wait to see these glazed, there is something so wonderful about this ancient tree and the leaves that continues to captivate me, perhaps it is the unusual shape of the leaf, anything out of the ordinary in nature has always been a draw to me. On the way to the produce market today I saw that goldenrod is starting to show color on the tips, fall is in the air for sure.

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  6. These are beautiful! How long does it take to carve one?

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  7. I was just talking to a friend of mine recently about throwing out bad pots. That was the hardest thing for me to get across to my beginner students, they would throw a pot on the wheel for an hour, it never got any better, but they just couldn't take it off the wheel and start a new one. It's such a good discipline to have!

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  8. I don't need to contribute anymore bad pots to the world... trust me, I have done my share. I am getting particular with bowls... determined to have that nice, what I call "swoop" to the interior. I also lost a few in this series to over-trimming. They can't be too thin since I am going to carve some of the surface away.
    I haven't kept track of the time it takes to carve these, but my guess is about 45 minutes from penciling in the drawing to carving. Maybe tomorrow I will set the timer just to see.

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  9. oh GOSH, get the camera when those wood kilns are opened!

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