Sunday, October 30, 2011

Firing #20

We fired this kiln load in 14 hours, using hardwood at the beginning, pine in the middle and scrap pine and hardwood at the end. We reached cone 11 in the front and cone 8 in the back, maintaining as much of a neutral atmosphere as we could as I had a lot of high-iron local clay in the kiln.

The bottles and bowl above are made from the
clay I got from a friend in Columbia, SC.
Several pieces cracked during the firing, so
I'll be adding something to the clay next time
to strengthen it.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sneak Peek

We fired the wood kiln yesterday. Here's a sneak peek at the front of the kiln:

It's been busy here lately, getting ready for our first three-day show in Pensacola, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Nov. 4-6. My mother and brother live in Pensacola, and we decided to apply to the festival and combine the trip to visit with a trip to work as well.

I've got a lot of local clay in this firing, and several pieces made from some gray clay from Columbia, South Carolina that someone brought me. The pieces to the left and right of the big tree vase in the picture are the gray clay.

We'll unload tomorrow, and I'll share some pictures.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Clay Painting - How to Display?

For the latest fundraiser for the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, I was asked to draw, paint, sketch or otherwise adorn a 12 by 12-inch canvas. About 100 potters have been asked to create a hanging work of art like this, and the pottery center is giving them to the first 100 people to sign up to attend the fundraiser, held Oct. 28 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

I opted to make my own paint out of some sources of clay I've acquired. I googled "how to make clay paint," and found a sufficient recipe (here) to follow. It uses wheat starch and chalk added to the clay. I had fun mixing it up in the kitchen.

I created five colors using four types of raw clay either I or someone else collected from Seagrove, Ohio and South Carolina, and a white porcelain clay from England. I'm ready to take it to the pottery center for display, but I'm wanting some input on how to display it. Here's four shots, each one rotated differently than the previous shot.

Which do you prefer?