Monday, February 27, 2012

Another disappointment :(

I was firing up my bowls for Ottawa Guild of Potters' annual event: The Great Bowls of Fire last night.  I made 7 soup bowls, was thinking to use them to try out different glazing techniques with Ron Roy's Black and Mysterious Blue.  

When I was potting at the Nepean Visual Art Centre (NVAC), I had this lovely combination of NVAC's black with Mysterious Blue (as seen on the right).  

However, I've been having trouble with the NVAC's black recipe, so I went with Ron Roy's Black.  It looks pretty smooth and all.  However, it just doesn't have the same effect as the NVAC's black and mysterious blue.  It's quite disappointing.  Also, I might have made too thick of a layer for the black, it cracked a little too.  

 notice the chip - this one is with the same technique as shown above)

this one is done by pouring in mysterious blue on black

Unfortunately, since the chipping is in the inside of the bowl, I can't take it to the Great Bowls of Fire. :(

However, something did turn out OK with this glaze fire.  My friend gave me an idea to try throwing a bigger plate for fruit and here is the result.  This one is just under 11" in diameter.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pottery workshop at Debbie Gilmer's studio

I took a pottery workshop at Debbie Gilmer's studio in South Mountain, Ontario.  I've learned a lot from Debbie on how to make the pot sings.  Not only that, we had a great group discussion about studio setup, tools, glazing etc.  I truly believe that these workshops/group discussions will benefit all potters!.  Thanks Debbie!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Toothbrush holder's new owner

We delivered the toothbrush holder to own friends, Matt and Kana to "match" up with the soap dispenser they bought from me from the show last November.  They seems to like it.  :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Productive Monday

It's nice to be not as busy at work...because then I can spend some time in my studio.  :)  This happened on the Monday just past.  I unloaded my glaze load from Sunday and also made more mugs.  All these took about an hour and a half...I thought that was pretty good (for my standard anyway, I am sure others work a lot faster than I am)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

My least favourite job in the studio

I love having my own studio at home, it's so convenient and I have more control over my pieces.  However, there is one thing I really don't like doing....which was what I spent my whole Sunday afternoon on...making glaze!  Making glaze always seems to be very difficult, I don't mind measure the raw materials, but it always gets very messy, not sure if it's the equipment I have or the space.  It just always takes a long time to do.  Luckily I should only have to do it a few times a year.  Hopefully, it will be a bit more pleasant the next time when I have to make glaze.  :P