i've been trying to spend some decent time in the studio the last few days. i usually work about 20 hours a week in a restaurant and i got hosed with a bunch of double shifts ( 11-2 & 5-10) and extra hours because the owners wife is giving birth this week. i'm happy to help them out but the couple hours off in the morning and 3-4 hours off in the afternoon make it hard to get anything done, it kills any potential work rhythm.
i made a bunch of plates with new pattern ideas, i'll fire them and see what happens. the four without a pattern are going to be fired upside down, wadded to the rim of a bowl or something. might be interesting, the best flashing always seems to happen on the bottoms of pots.
i made this big guy the other day, its about 24" tall. this is the tallest piece i've made in about 5 years. one semester when i was in college my professor was getting tired of all the small domestic pots and made me do a long series of large(24"+) pots. i made a bunch of these tall 36"-45" faceted lidded jars that were pretty sweet, i've always wanted to make more but i can never spare that much kiln space. i might see if i can muster up some pictures of those old pots. anyways, here's this big guy, i'm still wondering how i'm gonna slip it. some of you might recognize that mug, it's my must have in the studio.
here are some large bowls/platters. that guy on the left is a whopping 24". i think i'm going to take it up to the university and bisque it to see if i can get it to shrink a little so i can get it in my kiln(24" shelves minus 3-4" for posts). the reason they look so sloppy is due to my unique slipping method. the platters always seem to warp and sag after being slipped when they're trimmed. so i slip them before i trim them. i don't cut them off the bats and let them stiffen up a bit and then slosh the slip around and let them get leatherhard. all that mess gets trimmed away and the ingredients to the slip are found in my clay body so i just toss them in the slip bucket. i trim on top of a piece of foam so as not to damage the slip on the rim. i only do this with these large guys.
there are a bunch of other pots, cereal bowls, mugs, vases, etc. as well, but i didn't feel like editing anymore photos, my apologies.
i'm free monday and tuesday and its only supposed to be in the mid-nineties, we hit 106 a couple days ago and 103 today, so i think i'll get that firing knocked out.