forks throws pottery (and maybe you do too?) - An ILX Ceramics Thread

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I love the 2nd piece, and the last 2 especially.

Haven't done pottery in so long, this makes me miss it! arrr I need to find me some classes

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 February 2012 05:17 (eight years ago) link

wtf no lionel richie head? ;)

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 February 2012 05:18 (eight years ago) link

it is very hard to throw lionel ritchie's head

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Friday, 10 February 2012 05:30 (eight years ago) link

but you could try... :D

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 February 2012 05:56 (eight years ago) link

What a difference an apostrophe s makes

Thu'um gang (jjjusten), Friday, 10 February 2012 06:06 (eight years ago) link

slam pottery

flopson, Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:04 (eight years ago) link

♫♪ ba-da-ba-ba-baaaa i'm lovin forks' pottery ♫♪

flopson, Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:14 (eight years ago) link

will post more from later semesters soon but here's a pair from this afternoon with foot for scale. i'm getting a bit better.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz9ddzBKKh1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:25 (eight years ago) link

Very nice!

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:42 (eight years ago) link

ilx users whose interior lives i basically don't understand at all

desperado, rough rider (thomp), Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:20 (eight years ago) link

My wife bought a kiln a few years ago, used it twice, and promptly gave up pottery. I've thought about getting a wheel and seeing what might emerge.

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:29 (eight years ago) link

oh man, do it! it's very freeing and empowering to make something with your hands from pretty much literally nothing. You will be shitty for awhile, but you will get better!

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 18:58 (eight years ago) link

maybe i should explain how u throw a pot in this thread.
how much do people understand about the process by which a hunk of clay becomes a glazed bowl?

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 18:59 (eight years ago) link

teach us how to (vicariously) live

i want the forks 411 on pot throwing

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:48 (eight years ago) link

I sorta vaguely know about wheel-sculpting but ive only ever done hand scultping meself. Its fun! I made a sort of Venus di Milo with an apple for a head, once.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Sunday, 12 February 2012 22:50 (eight years ago) link

My mum was a professional potter for most of my life, though she mostly teaches now.

emil.y, Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:06 (eight years ago) link

okay so step one is you start out with a big block o clay. you take a garotte and use it to slice off a chunk. The heavier the clay the harder it is to shape and center so beginners tend to stick with between 1 1/2 and 2 pounds. Serious potters can take a ten pound hunk of clay or more. I max out around five pounds. Once you get the hunk out, you need to reshape it into a globe, both to handle it better and to get all the air bubbles (which can disfigure the final piece). There's a process of kneading and reshaping called wedging that takes like three to five minutes per chunk. When you throw clay, you're likely to fuck up so you wanna have a few of these globes of clay to work with so you don't have to stop and clean up and re-wedge. So you start out by chopping off these chunks of clay, wedging them and chucking them into a plastic bag so they don't dry out... the clay should be soft and slightly wet to the touch but not goopy and not hard as say, meat.

There's several types of clay you can use and the main difference from a beginners standpoint is how much sand or grog there is in the clay. The more particulate, the easier it is to give the piece body. Porcelain has less grog and is like sculpting with cream cheese. Stoneware, which I use, has solid body. Later on, the type of clay you use affects what colors you can get from glazes and other stuff. Chances are, you'll start with stoneware.

Later: Approaching the wheel

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Monday, 13 February 2012 05:53 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

guys, i'm picking up TWENTY SEVEN PIECES on Saturday
and a few of my stuff made th' wall of fame!
http://web.me.com/nynjaca/nynjceramics/academy_students/Pages/student_work_w_12.html
this is me, i'm pretty proud. Should be about a foot tall?
http://web.me.com/nynjaca/nynjceramics/academy_students/Pages/student_work_w_12.html%2324

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:43 (eight years ago) link

ah well.
This is the one i meant.
http://web.me.com/nynjaca/nynjceramics/academy_students/Pages/student_work_w_12.html#24

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:44 (eight years ago) link

i also wanna hear about emily's mum.

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:45 (eight years ago) link

nice work!!

neutral sequence for flute (blank), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:46 (eight years ago) link

i will be posting ten gazillion pictures in here over the weekend fo sho

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:48 (eight years ago) link

and yet, still no lionel ritchie head...

nice work forks!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:50 (eight years ago) link

love those colors

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 30 March 2012 16:59 (eight years ago) link

hey, what movie is that?

1 week to "Charles Dingus" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 March 2012 17:07 (eight years ago) link

please tell me you're joking forks

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 30 March 2012 17:11 (eight years ago) link

as a person who does pottery i have never heard of such a movie

1 week to "Charles Dingus" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 March 2012 17:16 (eight years ago) link

"Ghost" starring patrick swayze and demi moore

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 30 March 2012 17:20 (eight years ago) link

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27y6yrLhG1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

192 stoneware.
Reduction firing. Davis Shino glaze on body. Davis Red Shino glaze on handle.
4 inches tall. About 4 inches wide at lip, 6 1/2 wide with handle.

This is one in an ongoing series of attempts to make a working stein. The bumpy "crawling" texture is a hallmark of the Shino glazes ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shino_(glaze) ). They break up once they're applied to pottery and can lump up like acne or break apart like psoriasis. In any case, it's bad skin replicated as a covering on clay and that makes for some bizarre effects on something you're meant to drink out of. Thankfully the glaze "breaks" differently along edges; it runs off steep angles and leaves a rock-colored but smooth-to-the-touch finish.

Unfortunately, this cup got an extremely common bit of damage when throwing: the "s-crack". This happens when the clay at the bottom of a piece isn't properly compressed or there's water left in the bottom after you throw it; you end up with a serpentine or curved crack in the base of the pot. Some s-cracks don't penetrate all the way through and are simply cosmetic flaws that are more or less sealed during glazing and some render a piece practically useless. This one is the latter; you can see daylight straight through. Ah well, back to the drawing board.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 15:37 (eight years ago) link

;_;

pity about the s-crack, it's a great looking mug! and the glaze looks A+

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 9 April 2012 15:46 (eight years ago) link

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27yjxdzAK1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

As an exercise this semester, I threw about eight teacups in succession that started out roughly 4 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches tall and then trimmed and glazed them drastically different. This is one of the more successful pieces in my opinion: it's eminently functional, the color is nice, the crackle in the glaze is pretty and the general construction looks almost factory built (which appeals to the perfectionist elements of my aesthetic).

182 white clay.
Reduction. Blue Ying Ching glaze.
3 3/4 inches wide at lip. About 2 1/2 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 15:49 (eight years ago) link

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ykudSUq1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg
Another piece from my now-four-deep, faux-Japanese, green and white serving set. The exposed raw-clay dagger shapes are achieved by applying wax to the bisque-fired clay prior to glazing. The glaze runs off the wax and, after the piece is fired, the wax vaporizes to leave exposed stoneware.

192 stoneware.
Reduction firing. Buttermilk glaze on interior. Randy's Oribe glaze on exterior.
4 inches wide at lip. 3 1/4 inches tall.

I was particularly pleased by the spotting up by the rim with this piece; this is as refined as I've gotten this particular motif thus far.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:00 (eight years ago) link

moved this outta 77 because i can't see if the images are lolhuge when i log out

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:01 (eight years ago) link

also not especially 77'y.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:02 (eight years ago) link

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ylrk5Pg1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

Process here was that I took a teacup, then painted the entire exterior with black "slip", which is a liquid colored clay with the consistency of thick syrup. Once it dries, you can treat it the same way as you would the clay body and once the pot is fired, it bonds permanently. Having applied the slip, I went in with a wire tool and carefully crosshatched out tiny strips of slip, exposing the white clay beneath. After it bisque fired (that's where you take the wet clay and bake it so that it turns into porous pottery, like a rough flowerpot), I dipped the entire thing in a glaze called Ox Blood that tends to leave the surface translucent and jadelike so that the cup is smooth to the touch. Kinda proud of the end result.

182 white clay with black slip cover.
Oxidation firing. Ox Blood glaze.
4 inches wide at lip. 2 1/2 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:05 (eight years ago) link

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ymxcjgj1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

I painted the rim with black "slip", a liquid colored clay, and carved wormlike gouges out of the body. I like the way the black slip and the blue glaze play off each other.

182 white clay with black slip on rim.
Reduction. Blue Ying Ching glaze.
3 3/4 inches wide at lip. About 2 1/2 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:11 (eight years ago) link

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27yorKCBx1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

192 stoneware.
Reduction. Charlie D Black glaze on interior and lip. Norton Red glaze on exterior.
4 inches wide at lip. 3 inches tall.

This flowerpot mushroomed out a bit and is notably less clean looking in person. The inside got sanguine from the incisions at the bottom. Don't really think I needed to wax those irrigation holes; will avoid doing that in the future.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:13 (eight years ago) link

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ypzAtso1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

So when you fire "Ox Blood" glaze under a level of heat and intensity known as oxidation, it comes out translucent. Fire it at a higher rate called "reduction" and it turns shiny apple red. Yellow Salt "breaks" in such a way that it tends to leave a tan line across a raised surface so I wanted to use it on a piece with a great deal of carved striation.

182 white clay.
Reduction. Yellow Salt glaze. Ox Blood glaze accents.
4 inches wide at lip. About 3 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:15 (eight years ago) link

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27yraePWz1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

Here's a case where an accident turned out to produce one of my favorite pots: when you are trimming your pieces to remove excess clay, the potter affixes the pot to the spinning wheel head and then judiciously carves off unwanted thickness. Sometimes the pot can come off the wheel head and when it does the pot is generally destroyed. That's what happened with this piece, but it was salvageable to the extent that one side was mashed completely flat. I took a wooden paddle to the other sides to flatten them out in the same way and the pot was thankfully thick enough that it didn't break apart. It fired up pleasingly square and in one piece.

182 white clay.
Reduction. Academy Mix glaze. Yellow Salt glaze accents.
4 inches wide by 3 inches wide. 2 1/2 inches tall.

The depth of the Academy Mix glaze in reduction is really interesting; there's brown and black and cranberry and orange in there. The foamy wash of Yellow Salt on either side of this square little sugarbowl was applied by Robin; the effect is really quite pretty.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:16 (eight years ago) link

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ysi3USn1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg

The Candace Oil Spot glaze in oxidation fires up shiny and, well, oil spotted. If, after you put the glaze on, you paint over the top with a cover glaze, you can get some neat effects. I gave the exterior a thin coat of Harding cover and, under direct light, it filled in the space between the oil spots to make it look almost cheetah-ish. Bear in mind that when it's _not_ under direct light, it just looks black. It's a cool effect.

182 white clay.
Oxidation. Candace Black Oil Spot glaze with Harding cover.
4 inches wide at lip. 2 1/2 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:20 (eight years ago) link

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27ytnSDrp1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg
This knobby little vase was first dipped in a blue glaze and then had a white glaze ladled over it.

192 stoneware.
Oxidation. Lapis Blue glaze accented with Mamo White glaze drizzle.
3 1/4 inches wide, 1 3/4 inch wide at lip. 3 3/4 inches tall.

The interactions of the glazes when they touch varies widely and intensely depending on the temperature the pottery is fired and the composition of the glaze. It can be violent or pretty and either destroy or make a piece complete. Better living through chemistry!

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:20 (eight years ago) link

omg forks, these are fantastic

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:37 (eight years ago) link

thank ye! they're all less interesting in person.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:38 (eight years ago) link

pretty doubtful!

I love the ox blood glaze upthread, such a great color

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:39 (eight years ago) link

Wow forks, you've got some really good work here.

emil.y, Monday, 9 April 2012 16:41 (eight years ago) link

appreciated! guess I'll go ahead and throw em all up.
http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27yudNwxd1qzyx8yo1_500.jpg
The white smudges on this vase are dollops of slip (liquid clay) daubed on prior to the first firing.

182 white clay.
Oxidation. Ox Blood glaze.
3 3/4 inches wide at rim, 2 1/3 inches wide at lip. About 3 1/2 inches tall.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:42 (eight years ago) link

ken price vibes

plax (ico), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:57 (three years ago) link

did not know the guy, but liking what i'm seeing online! thanks for the compliment!

you're welcome, your pottery is making me feel like I want to sign up for a couple of classes and fill my flat with hot pink memphis milano knockoffs

plax (ico), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 16:20 (three years ago) link

my local deli guy makes a crazy good meatball sub and I promised him i would make him something so i channelled r crumb

http://i.imgur.com/PMaPdIM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ziRWEU5g.jpg

yes!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 11:09 (three years ago) link

last night
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT8Fa6FF-jx/
i'm afraid i might just become a potter or something and quit everything else. being in the studio and carving for five hours straight feels deeply meditative, if a bit crampy. this shit brings out my zen.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:39 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

kinda having fun with this
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUYA-QGFdE_/

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:22 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i just saw some early work from yayoi kusama (specifically the infinity nets) and it broke my mind. OCD based fine art! It's out there!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:12 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Love these, forks, especially the pot with the cut outs.

Would like to see more of the one with the legs. I can only see one pic ATM.

Kat Slater Slag meme. (jed_), Thursday, 14 September 2017 03:04 (three years ago) link

one with the legs has moved on with someone else. that house got finished though I haven't gotten around to photographing as of yet.

some immediate work:

http://i.imgur.com/S0IPPf4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BiPYVwb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/i0Mfmxb.jpg

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:47 (three years ago) link

here's some poorly filmed iphone video for you as well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEJdPzcJrP8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-_MWmbtVU4

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:51 (three years ago) link

and this, which was a monster to do:

http://i.imgur.com/TAPW0xK.jpg

Plenty of other work too! I just reached a point where I'm just posting to insta moreso than anything else with this stuff.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:53 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Over the past year, I got a bit more serious about this and - for the past two months - started a three-day-a-week studio practice. I've also been doing a lot of collaborative work. Kinda feels like I've made some breakthroughs so I'm likely gonna start sharing here again.

This is a collaborative vase (me on carving and glaze, her on form) with my friend Joan H.
http://i.imgur.com/Zl4hMW2.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:14 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/YC1o1BF.png
bowl currently in progress

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:00 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

buddy of mine came by and took some pix of my stuff both old and new . here's a few.

http://imgur.com/syAnBej.jpg
http://imgur.com/B3OCYmY.jpg
http://imgur.com/nBamasw.jpg
http://imgur.com/LFSFfjF.jpg
http://imgur.com/iMzdS9l.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:12 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

some recent work; form by two different friends, decorative work by me.

Carving a kiln god into the vase. This one is going in for a glaze firing and will look much different when it's out of the fire, will repost later.
http://i.imgur.com/11G4n3d.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/i54yKjG.jpg

Coil-built double vase, still green. I have some ideas for glazing that are going to take some time.
http://i.imgur.com/dbUMelo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JxxvmUZ.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 18:44 (one month ago) link

I don't throw pots but worked in a pottery studio until covid. Most of my favorite pieces were slabs and pinch pots that the kids' classes frankensteined together.

Cabo Weibo (卡波微博) (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

Some very creative stuff itt

Cabo Weibo (卡波微博) (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 19:53 (one month ago) link

Ulysses, that first one is especially amazing. I would love a tokkuri that looked like that.

I’ve never really considered ceramics before, but my online sake nerd group has expanded beyond virtual visits to breweries to virtual visits to Japanese potters and it’s absolutely fascinating. I really want to go and see one of these immense wood fired tunnel kilns being fired.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 19:58 (one month ago) link

a sake bottle spirit sounds like a fun project!
i don't hand build much so i like to work with people who do (that second piece) and with folks who get shapes and sizes that are harder for me to achieve (the first). i enjoy the creative conversation through work a lot.

re: immense tunnel kilns - there's an amazing example of an anagama kiln in this special... totally inspiring and worth a watch.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7nvcwu

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:10 (one month ago) link

deflator did you work for a school group or something? watching kids create with clay is endlessly fascinating.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:11 (one month ago) link

It was a neighborhood pottery studio that offered classes both for kids and adults. It was mostly older and elderly women, especially during open studio hours. They've been slow to reopen for the obvious reasons.

As a generalization, the kids are very into the process and want to enjoy it but don't necessarily care about the outcome. The pieces they handbuilt were way more interesting than the ones they threw on the wheel usually. I loved watching them work so much that I came by on my days off just to hang out. I even tried to make stuff that looked like what they did a few times.

Cabo Weibo (卡波微博) (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

My parents live near this guy in Eastern PA who studied in Mashiko, Japan for a number of years. He built his own very large wood-fired kiln that is similar to what is in your link. He only fires a couple of times a year because has to stay up for like 3-4 days straight to keep the fire going. He also uses mostly local clays and materials for his glazes.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Xp I have photos of some favorite pieces but i'd have to really dig. I think my all time favorite was this rudiculous slab urn with enormous handles made by one of the oldest kids (12 or 13 yo) that looked like a trophy. It was a very rough piece and I took it for the work of a much younger child until one of my co-workers told me which kid was responsible.

Cabo Weibo (卡波微博) (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 20:35 (one month ago) link

that singleton guy's work is pretty nice! I respect anyone who gets into the process in such a way that they make their own glazes, source their own clay, build their own kiln... that shit is ridiculously impressive and difficult! I am less motivated by specific colors and harmonious forms and more into the manic/obsessive decorative process. Mostly, i feel like i'm making easels to draw on.

making "interesting" wheel built pieces takes such a long time. Centering and lifting the clay and trimming is time-consuming and requires practice and even then you're limited by the symmetry and your willingness to alter afterward. For kids, i find wheel work is generally more about them discovering if they can maintain the focus and patience necessary to get the basic chops. either way it's super fun to watch them connect with the medium.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 22:31 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I love the decorative patterning on your pieces - it's distinctive. Also, it is really amazing to see the progression in your work from the start of the thread until now. I hope you are very proud!

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 22:35 (one month ago) link

I'm curious how that first piece in this revive is going to change in the kiln.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 22:35 (one month ago) link

Thanks for the kind words! I'm excited that i have a medium to work with that allows me to be creative and present a vision that feels very much like it's mine.

Will start posting work in here more often. I have no job! Might as well focus on clay for a few months until i know that it's time to look for a new life.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 22:54 (one month ago) link

I'm always impressed by your stuff, forks. I got to do some making/glazing with my mum last year (including a raku firing, yesssss) - I very much did not inherit any talent for it, but it was still fun.

emil.y, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 23:18 (one month ago) link

boy i'd like to try raku sometime. share pix of your stuff? i'm curious.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 03:02 (one month ago) link

I love Raku stuff, I think I can trace back my (fairly new) interest in ceramic art to a trip a couple of years ago to the Sagawa Art museum near Kyoto. They have a pretty extensive collection of tea bowls by the fifteenth Raku presented in this really atmospheric underground vault, underneath a tea room the he also designed. I recently saw something in an auctions catalogue by the 10th Raku which was even more breathtaking. However its only recently I've been starting to appreciate the art form more and there is some truly amazing stuff in this thread.

I'm getting really excited by the wood firing and ash glazing stuff I've been seeing recently. Its; such an interesting way of working, there's so much that is a mixture of experience and chance.

Super excited to see how your kiln god turns out.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:07 (one month ago) link

Thanks! Here's a few other pieces I've done relatively recently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQIkhKDaLHU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-ic1hsuUVE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfuiR1E5Z5A

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:17 (one month ago) link

The first two are completely finished. The head jug was just fooling around and promptly discarded but it made for a fun afternoon of play.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:18 (one month ago) link

and here's a few views of a piece i made as part of a set in collaboration with a friend who was making replicas of ancient pigeon figurines that I dressed up in different suits. Lemme know if you're curious about the other five or so i did with her?
http://i.imgur.com/dPRq02v.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qKjbeZO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ZJGtNvi.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Va26hkF.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:21 (one month ago) link

anyways i have plenty more pieces i could put up here but i guess one more will do for now.
This was very intentionally Haring inspired and done in collaboration with the same guy who did the coil built double vase above.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7x834dCjsk

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:28 (one month ago) link

share pix of your stuff? i'm curious.

Oh lord no, I only did a few sessions and they were all just the basics of different practices (pinch pot, wheel and glazing), so my results were very much of an embarrassing first-timer. I used my mum's pots to glaze for the raku firing and I was kind of pleased with some of the expressionist daubing I did, but even that still wasn't great!

emil.y, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:42 (one month ago) link

i love seeing first time results! and if you scroll to the top of this thread, you'll see piles of mine! It's useful to share and keep; that's how ideas get around.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:45 (one month ago) link

I love that bowl and the alien apple, your carved stuff is truly amazing.

Right now I am obsessing over this style of natural glazing, this green glass over white clay is really striking

http://japaneseceramicart.com/shopdetail/000000001209/yui_tsujimura/page1/order/
https://www.yui-tsujimura.com/about

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 23:02 (one month ago) link

I'm really growing in an appreciation for ceramics as an art form. Like a lot of the art I like there is a really interesting intersection between art, craft, deep knowledge of the materials, engineering, artifice and science, plus some degree of magic when you don't quite know how something will transform when it is fired.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 23:12 (one month ago) link

Yeah, the weird thing about pottery compared to painting or sculpture is that element: almost like baking bread, you don't truly know how a piece will turn out until it comes out of the oven/kiln.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 23:16 (one month ago) link

I think that is what excites me about the big tunnel kilns, 6 month or a year throwing pots, weeks of loading, choosing spots in the kiln, days and nights of firing, weeks of cooling and unloading and only then do you know if your tea bowl is a masterpiece or a heap of fragments.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 29 October 2020 00:16 (four weeks ago) link

The guy in PA who I linked to above said he loses up to 50% of his pots in a firing. Crazy.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Thursday, 29 October 2020 00:37 (four weeks ago) link

yyyyyyes the baking analogy is not inaccurate but it's worth noting that if you really want to just make basic pots, you can pretty reliably produce work in an electric kiln. Like everything else, it's a question of the risks you're taking and the effect you want to get. Some breakage and error is almost inevitable though, yes.

Kiln god vase came out pretty good! Will photo.

Until then, here's a hopeful detail (about an inch by and inch and a half) from a piece i made after the 2018 elections

http://i.imgur.com/YX9ecYx.png

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 2 November 2020 16:53 (three weeks ago) link

Good luck charm.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Monday, 2 November 2020 17:46 (three weeks ago) link

buddy at the studio was working on making cork-nose piggybanks for his kids and I asked if he wanted me to try my hand at freehand decorating one. Got it back to him about two hours later and he seemed real happy so we may do it again!
http://i.imgur.com/EwRVQdn.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CbMnbez.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JbbQDJ8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4lAC2HU.jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BYNFvliyR0

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 5 November 2020 20:23 (three weeks ago) link


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