New Technique with Pine Ash
I have been experimenting with a stain "Matsubai," which is pure pine ash. After a few trials on test tiles, the ash was sprayed on these vessels and fired in a smoky oxygen-deprived environment. As I am pleased with the results, I intend to try the stains on my new figurines.
Intermediate Hand-Building Class
These are pieces I made during my demonstrations for an intermediate hand-building class at the Dahl. It just finished, but I plan to offer it again in Fall. If you are interested in learning these techniques, contact me or the Dahl education director. We will send you a notification when the class is scheduled.
I'm still playing around with the idea of Fukunokami Jar. The ones made of brown clay look more like Asian deities than the creamy colored one which was made of white clay. The pointy and square hats seem winners. Sorry that my process is slow, but I will have a selection of them ready by this year's Fall Colors Art Studio Tour, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 & 22. Hope many of you will plan to come.
The second jar is ready. The beret seems to go with the face better than the first prototype, but it will be very difficult to make a mold of it. I'm going to experiment with a few more different hats. It's kinda fun.
Here is the second prototype of Fukunokami Jar. In Japanese folklore, the God of Good Fortune wears a beret, and this piece portrays that tradition. I'll make a few more models with different hats and then decide which one works the best for production. Meanwhile I'm enjoying the creative process.
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
These vases are for Japanese style flower arrangements called "Ikebana." They are for sale at $30~50 at Insideout Gallery in Hill City. (Click the images to enlarge them.)
Antiquing Leaf Plates
This time, it was successful to give an antique look to the leaf plates with glazes. I bisque-fired them to cone 5 (for durability), brushed Duncan Courtyard glazes on them, and glaze-fired them to cone 06. Yes, the bisque and glaze firing temperatures are purposely flipped. The particular glazes used here do not require thick coats. If you fire them higher than cone 06, the nice matte look will be destroyed. This alternative method seems to work.
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