Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is one of Estelle’s Hanaire showing some carbon trapping and the careful use of a spatula on a freshly made piece. This creates an indentation that changes the flow of gas and flame over the pot when it is being fired to give subtle colour changes.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The curtain of ash glaze on this pot comes from the way we were shown to end our firings by burning off some larger pieces of wood on the sill of the front stoking port. With oxidation this last burst of heat burns off any residual ash which runs down the pot giving this curtain effect.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
This image was sent to me recently. It was taken at St. Ives where there is now a display of Bernard Leach’s work and the pottery is being restored for visitors. Bernard’s fluting seems to have stared a tradition as his son David made some very beautiful porcelain teapots and his early pupil, Harry Davis, also made some fluted porcelain.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Estelle loved the challenge of making these round tsubo in a way that did not require any trimming or re-shaping of the finished piece. She would pull up a very even and very tall cylinder and then gradually shape the pot from the inside until it was perfectly round, leaving the base of the cylinder as the base of the round pot. The surface colour is what we called a "curtain of green" which is part of the last half hour of firing and is an oxydised thin curtain of glaze covering all that has happened during the other 200 or so hours of firing that has already taken place.