Friday, January 16, 2009

oval overload.

These ovaled baking dishes have been quite popular this last year so I've been making lots of them, which of course will ensure that they are unpopular this year, way it goes.



I don't do much fluting anymore but every once in awhile the mood strikes me. These will get an ash glaze.


Here are some pots I finished up a few days ago. The board of cassroles I made a couple posts ago met their fate with the slip barrel. When I had slipped the bases I set them on a cupped ware board(dumb) and left them overnight. When the slip rehydrated the pot it warped to the shape of the board and you get the idea.


Here is whats going on with the kiln. The arch form was too large to get into the barn so I had to assemble it in place. It still needs a layer of masonite but as soon as thats on I'll be brickin this baby up.
I woke up yesterday and realized that its that time of the year, what time you may ask? The getting sick time. I've been using my non-medicinal remedies and its not gotten worse so far. That is the reason I spent the day in the toasty studio assembling pots instead of the cold barn assembling a kiln. So now I think I'll go lay on the couch, and it's friday so maybe I'll have a cheeseburger.

13 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

You've been a busy guy, Brandon. Love those fluted bowls.

Judy Shreve said...

Brandon - do you throw the ovaled bowls with a bottom -- just alter them by pushing when wet or do you throw them bottomless? How big are they?

I sell a lot of them too - but throw & then add bottom -- too time consuming!

I love the fluted bowls too.

cookingwithgas said...

yep- those fluted bowls are wonderful-
and yes as soon as you make an item the public is on to the next thing.

brandon phillips said...

thanks guys.
judy- i throw them without a bottom. it is a little time consuming but i really enjoy making them. i'm fairly loose so i'm ok with them not being perfect, it helps things speed along. we have slab roller up at the univ. so i can roll out one giant slab for all the dishes which helps make things faster. it took me about 45 minutes to prepare the clay and throw the walls. adding bottoms and handles took close to 3 hours. i've found it takes the same amount of time to assemble them in any size, but of course that doesn't mean i can charge the same for the 10" and the 20"!

Judy Shreve said...

Well - yours look great! I enjoy making them too. I don't have a slab roller - but roll the bottoms out by hand. Hope they stay a good seller. And thanks for the info.

brandon phillips said...

i used to throw these thick discs with a swirl in them for the bottom and then throw them on the ground and stretch them out so then the oval dish had an oval swirl, talk about time consuming! there was also some stress issues at the attachment with that method. i forgot to say i make three different sizes(give or take). 1.5#'s(10-12" wet) 3#'s(14-16" wet) 5#'s(18-20" wet). the weight is just for the walls, i leave them kind of thick so they're sturdy for kitchen use.

paul jessop said...

Great looking pots, I love Cheese Burgers ....but it is only 7.55 am here at the moment, maybe later

RedHotPottery said...

wow--impressive!!!
Kiln is coming along nicely too!!!!

Judy Shreve said...

Brandon - thanks for your weights/sizes. Do you ever have any problems with the larger sizes warping/curling up on the ends as they dry? I'd love to see these glazed.

Ron said...

Hey Man, hope you're feeling well. The ovals look great. One of my favorite pots too. I know we're both Bennion pot lovers so it's no surprise we have so much in common. Man, a cheeseburger would be a nice lunch today. ?? Maybe I can pull that off.

brandon phillips said...

ron- yeah, i saw joe's video about 8 years ago and it transformed the way i approach the wheel. i went through my "makin pots like joe" phase years ago and feel i have come out the other side with some pots that are mine. i'd love to get over there and see him some day, and get some pots!

judy-i actually have problems with them cupping up in the middle, so they kind of teeter on the ends. i've tried a few different things to prevent it but nothing has worked 100%. there are a couple of ovals in this old post
http://supportyourlocalpotter.blogspot.com/2008/10/lots-and-lots-of-pots.html

brandon phillips said...

lets try that again.

http://supportyourlocalpotter.blogspot
.com/2008/10/lots-and-lots-of-pots.html

Judy Shreve said...

I took a workshop with Jeff Oestreich a few years ago. He makes 'boats.' He loads sandwich baggies with sand to place in the bottom to hold the shape until they dry. I have tried it & the trick works most of the time.
Thanks for the link -- those look sweet!