Tuesday, May 5, 2009

pots.

Here are some shots of pieces that came out of this last firing. My wife will not allow me to post photos of the show until thursday(she's the gallery manager) but if you look closely you can get an idea of how it's laid out.

Beautiful jar. There is some brushed slip from the bottom up to where the spotting starts, it's hard to see in the photo but it adds a nice quality to the piece.


This may be one of the most fabulous platters that I've ever had come out of the kiln.


Platter with shell marks.


Large vase.


Dinner plate, there are 8 of these all with spotting.


This spotting is ridiculous.


Blue ash over crackle slip, green ash on the lip.


Blue ash bowl.



Kent Harris dropped a few pots off a couple weeks ago to be fired in my kiln. I think I worried him a little when I told him I fired in 6 hours. This tenmoku jug came out fabulous. I hope he drools a little when he sees this.
Thanks for stopping by.

17 comments:

Scott Baker said...

I was wondering what happened to that platter. It all looks awesome. Good luck with the show.

Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

Gorgeous work Brandon. Loved the platters. Good luck with the show.

Be well

Anonymous said...

wow its all amazing the brush work on the last plates is maybe my favorite thing i have ever seen in any of your work keep it up

Dan Finnegan said...

Brandon, Your brief and beautiful firing is inspiring. Great color and variation on the surface! I tried to buy a couple from Earth and Fire, but, alas, they were already gone. Good for you.

Joe and Christy said...

Brandon,
Congrats, your pots look great, and it looks as though they will certainly be in good company. The spotting on your platters is great. I'm under the impression that comes from oxidizing toward the end of the firing... does that ring true with you?
Joe

brandon phillips said...

joe-
i believe it's a combination of a couple of things. i stoke real heavy and let it burn down so it cycles from reduction through neutral to oxidation. this also makes the temp go up and down with every stoke. so on average i have a neutral atmosphere. the salting has to be just right as well, too little and the pieces have lots of unflashed areas, too much and no spotting. it almost never happens near the firebox for me(more salt and ash.) it usually only happens in the rear half and the top of the chamber. i guess it's sort of like the mystery of carbon trapping, every time i come up with a theory it is disproved by the next firing. back when i was using a commercial body it never happened, it was a smooth fine particled clay body. the clay i use now is very coarse and i think that plays a factor. i've never seen the spotting on porcelain. who the heck really knows.

Kyle Carpenter said...

it's my turn to say, "duuuude."
friggin' awesome work.
just stellar.
love the spotting.
ugh. not sure i can gush over them enough.
well done.

Ron said...

Beautiful Brandon!

paul jessop said...

Fantastic looking work Brandon in Blighty we would say
"you must be well chuffed"

I love the platters and that Last Jug certainly made me drooolll...

Anonymous said...

absolutely incredible! will your pieces be for sale at this show? when does the show end? i might have to come up with an excuse to come to abilene!

Jerry said...

Everything looks fantastic! Best of luck with the show.

doug said...

man! that firing came out amazing!i wish i had work in it...

brandon phillips said...

well chuffed indeed. the show will be up through the beginning of july and it will all be for sale. come on down and check it out!

jimgottuso said...

ay caramba! dreamy pots... that first jar is beautiful and the spotting, wow

Keith said...

great firing brandon! good luck with the opening. can't wait to see more pics once that gallery director lets you post some more.

congrats on the show and that firing.

Hollis Engley said...

Great stuff, Brandon. I especially love the crackle slip under the new blue ash glaze. I've been doing crackle slip myself lately, and looking for good glazes to put over it. Looks like that blue works great.

potrron said...

Some excellent color and work, gives us more. Thanks