Wednesday, September 3, 2008

lucky # 7

here you go, photos from firing # 7.




this bowl is about 15" across and is about 4 or 5 inches deep, the photo makes it look flat.



again, 4 or 5 inches deep about 19 inches across.


dinner plates, 10.5 inches. the stack in the middle were all fired upside down. i'm going to experiment with this some more because it gives awesome flashing. i was concerned about all the white area left so we kitchen tested it and it doesn't stain but silverware leaves marks on it but they wash right off.


dessert plates, 7 inches.


teapots. i mixed up a new batch of my ash glaze and ball milled the ash to go through a 100 mesh screen, i like the new surface so much better. on my old clay body the ash glaze looked like a nice jade celadon, on this new body it looks much dirtier, i like dirtier. the teapot on the right is a new slip that showed promise in tests, i like it.


mugs. this is the surface that i strive for. its hard to get and usually i'm happy to get one or two pieces that do this, this time i had half a kilnload that did it.


casseroles


cap jars, all with the same slip, different spots in the kiln.
atmosphere: neutral-ish/oxidized/reduced


this is something new, it has potential.


for the blushing i've found that it happens best around cone 9, cone 10 seems to wash it out. it also needs light salt, its that fine line of not enough/too much. one of the reasons i ball milled my ash glaze was so that it would look better at cone 9 so i can get better results throughout the kiln. i used to just run it through a 30 mesh and go with it but it would look nasty at cone 9, it really needed cone 11. but now at cone 9 i get a nice matte to glossy surface.

i had a few pots that were over-reduced and over-ashed but they look ok. i have a design flaw in my kiln that causes one area to overfire and over-reduce. we're looking at doing a rebuild here soon so i'll get that kink worked out.

i'll unload the gas kiln tomorrow and then i'm off to a show this weekend(which is why i've been busting my butt this last week.)

cheers.

14 comments:

tsbroome said...

Oh man.............
you must be sooooo happy, it's all great!

Ron said...

great work.

doug fitch said...

Wohooo, well done BP, great results

Deborah Woods said...

These are really nice-I can see why you are stoked. Maybe you could fire some pots with shino in that part of the kiln? It seems to like a lot of reduction.

Nate Willever said...

wowza nice flashing on those mugs!

Scott said...

Great firing! I hope your show goes well

Michael Kline said...

I think the spotty salt glaze comes from neutral atmosphere and light salt, it's a fine line. (oh, you said that didn't you?)

Well Done!
Awesome.

brandon phillips said...

thanks for the nice comments everyone. i'm really excited to finally be in that place where i understand my kiln and we can cooperate and get this show on the road.

which scott is this? i know a few, or perhaps i don't know you?

Kyle Carpenter said...

the spotty tile 6 is lovely. everything's lovely. nice kiln load.

Ron said...

Hey You've been 'tagged'. Read about it here
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Hope you'll play along. Your pal, Ron

heather said...

Ok. I'd love to have some of your dinnerware stuff, I absolutely love the design and colors. How do we go about that?

Scott (Baker) said...

It's Scott Baker

Kent Harris said...

Looks good! I still haven't heard anything about this weekend???

ang said...

sweet firing, teapots rather lovely,....