Monday, April 26, 2010

spring sale

The spring sale is upon us, this weekend and next. For the first time I'm not rushing to unload kilns the day before the show! We are extremely well stocked this year. For some reason I think I need to feel that last minute panic so yesterday I decided to start building the small deck on the front of the showroom and I won't be able to work on it again until Friday. I imagine it will be finished Friday at dusk. I love pressure, I eat it for breakfast.

This years postcard, credit to Saybra. The only thing I did was make the pots and get in the way of the photos. Well, I made the cabinets too, just ignore that crooked door.

Here is the almost completed salt kiln. We'll be using a piece of culvert pipe for the stack because we are out of hardbrick. My next few firings will be in this kiln so that I can tweak it and experiment with drip-feed oil.


The brick-up door. We know how to fit brick. We'll coat it with...I dunno, something.


This is a small raku kiln that will double as a small cone 10 test kiln. It will have a sprung arch and a swinging door with a stacking space of approx. 12x12x18h. This is a fun little project that can easily be built in a day. Want a small gas kiln to play with but little money? You could build this guy for $5-600 and you could more than likely run it off your standard household sized gas line.


Finally, just to prove that I've been making some pots here and there.
This is the last teaching week of the semester. I'll be spending a portion of may doing some home renovations, we'll be replacing our windows and we're knocking out a wall, etc. I'm looking to do a first firing of the salt kiln this week, post 300 is the next one up so I'll have to come up with something good for that.





13 comments:

Collin said...

love the card man. good stuff

Tracey Broome said...

Your wife does the greatest postcards and she has the coolest name ever! Loving that little raku/test kiln!!

Hollis Engley said...

great looking teapots, Brandon. And I do love the little kiln. Do you have plans for it?

-Rob, Simple Circle Studios said...

Everything looks great. I love pictures of pots in use, especially for advertisement purposes. That small kiln looks interesting. I didn't realize you could make one that small that would fire properly/efficiently.

brandon phillips said...

well, you never know until you fire the thing. i think it will work, i used one like it at the minnetonka center for the arts when i lived in minnesota...it worked ok. i think it will fire well, i don't think it will be very efficient though.

hollis, when i get a chance i'll do up some sketches.

Ron said...

Hey man, have a great sale. Kilns look ace. Can't wait to see what you pull out of that new salt kiln. That little guy looks like the one I built a couple years ago. I went ahead and made 9" walls though. I've only fired it up to 03 but I think it would go higher easily. Still loving my teapot.

paul jessop said...

The card looks great wish I could get there. best of luck which you will not be needing with such great pots.

Linda Starr said...

I absolutely love that card, just beautiful; have a great sale.

ang said...

ahh postcard is lovely, and test kiln its the size of my kiln although mines all fibre it fires lovely till the gas tank freezes up...have a great sale would love to be there..

Craig said...

Have a great sale... I'd have to break out of prison, steal a car and drive 2000+ miles to make to the sale... put me down for a maybe!!

Joe and Christy said...

Aaahhh pressure, a healthy part of every potters diet.
Best of luck with your show.

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Hollis Engley said...

Keep me in mind if you do the drawings, Brandon. I'm interested. Good luck with the sale.