Thursday, May 7, 2015

What's with the Pitting?

So I'm fairly happy with the shape of these pots, but why is it, this glaze that I've been using for 20 years, once in a while pits like this? Is it underfired? Are they putting out less juice so the kiln never gets up to temperature? More importantly, should I try to touch them up with more glaze and refire? I guess I don't have much to lose by trying again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

End of August 2014 Flameware

Recent firing of more flameware vessels. They came out nice but really matt. I'm not sure if that will make a difference in cooking. So far this one and a casserole work nicely. The odd thing is that the city seems to give us less power in the summer, so getting these to fire completely was really difficult. I also had to adjust the kiln setter to prevent them from underfiring. DOES anyone still use those, or is it all computerized now? Realize my knowledge of firing goes back to 1993!

In any case, Romano beans slowly simmered in tomato and olive oil. I also roasted lamb chops in the casserole. Lovely, and baked a mac and cheese in it the other night too.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Last of May Firing

It's a pretty conventional firing, just plates, bowls, some salt pigs which I've never made before and other odds and ends. Since St. Theresa has been on the rampage lately (she's my kin) I decided to fire only to cone 5. And look how lovely everything came out. It was also super careful stirring of the iron glaze. For maybe 40 minutes by hand. But it pays off in the end. What perplexes me is how it turns out brownish on the 50-50 clay body but black on the light white clay. No idea why.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Leslie's Fire Clay

I love this clay. It is soft and smooth and when fired goes right on the stove top. Now why it is made at IMCO in Sacramento but can only be bought in Berkeley, I cannot say. I would use it much more often if it were sold nearby despite the fact that it is like 30 bucks a bag. Well, here's the idea: Why are there no clay teapots you can put on the burner? I guess these will be both kettle and pot. And it really is just chance that all the lids fit. Also two nice casseroles to replace the other one that lasted a couple of years with heavy use. And some odd cooking pots, in the center. Not sure how they'll work, but we'll see.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

50 pounds in the morning

There's something about clay still wet and fresh from the wheel. It never seems more alive than at this very moment. If you can't discern the shapes, there a really big spice bottle up front, a pitcher, a small tea pot, some vases and bowls.  And a two pint mug! Threw some plates too, which I don't like doing as much but we need them desperately. It is remarkable how therapeutic a few hours in the studio can be. I would do it more often if I could get in the groove for just an hour or so. Seems I have to throw a whole box of clay or it's not worth the effort.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Red Iron

I love this red iron glaze. I've been using it for over 20 years and never disappoints. So here are pickle weights to the left and a big pickle crock in the back. Small whiskey cups up front. The funky one my son Benji threw. I really like it - and it works. Other bowls and vases. If you look in the back on the counter there are also two new pizza stones. Unglazed but high fired stoneware. Here's to you St. Theresa (that's the kiln!)