The underside of a porcelain cup, wood fired with a celadon type glaze. The orange markings on the base are caused by the wadding used to stop the cup sticking to the kiln shelves during firing. The blue on the handle is melted wood ash, accumulated over the 5 day firing.
Mixing the beautiful @tara_dennis_ tableware with a unique Japanese serving bowl. Quite organic and the colours are so me. Take a peak into the newly installed window @watermelonhomefairlight and say hello from @wigwamdesign #interiorstyle#taradennis#tableware#wigwamdesign
Finally finished hand sewing the binding on these placemats and listed both those and the napkins in my shop. I love these! 💖 They turned out to be even nicer than I expected so I am over the moon happy!
Although a rather strange angle to photograph a pot from, I feel it shows the flowing curve of the handle and the base of the pot surprisingly well. This is a rather unusual mug, fired in a particularly hot spot what was a blue nuka glaze has changed into something that resembles more closely my crackle glazes. The glaze is so thin that it feels like a transparent varnish over the clay, especially towards the sharp rim, upper walls and the edges of the handle, which is dissimilar to my normal recipes as they tend to be very glassy and opaque all over. The only thickness lies towards the base both inside and out, where the nuka has rolled into a delicate band of extraordinarily bright blue.
It isn’t what I expected to happen but in a way it has shown me something I’ve been struggling with in my work for while. During the throwing and turning stages I’m almost obsessed with making pots that are incredibly delicate, I love when a pot is picked up and it defies your perceived expectations of weight, yet this is lost on a number of my pots as the glazes I use typically look best when applied thickly. It’s a balance really, but after handling a number of these mad specimens I’m reminded of why I adore delicate and thinly made pottery.
It’s a cliche thing to write about, one that’s churned over and over in pottery speak, the idea of turning essentially dirt and rocks into vessels that hold the opposite qualities, porcelain as white gold, for instance. Rather it’s turning materials of practically zero value into that objects that are held in high esteem. Although the journey to the final piece is rather marvelous, thinking back about the matter used itself, soft clay scooped out of the bag, powdery raw glaze materials that mixed into a solution, what’s achievable is remarkable, and to think mankind has been at it for tens of thousands of years.
Pieces after turning sitting on some plastic. In pottery plastic can be used to keep your work from drying or to dry the work slowly. It's useful to control the drying process as you do different things to clay at it's different stages of dryness. When wet it can be thrown on the wheel, but once it's been taken off it can't be handled as it's too soft and will change shape with any touch. Then it dries to the leather hard stage, which is how they are now in this image. At this stage the clay is at its strongest, it can be handled and then turned, which is the process of trimming the underneath with a sharp metal tool. Handles can also be joined at this stage. If the clay is a little over dry then small cracks can form near the handle join. So in order to avoid this I keep plastic around during the leather hard stage to keep the pots from over drying.
Plastic itself is a fantastic material, one which I think is wildly misused and wasted today. The fact that it's long lasting and durable is why I believe it's so misused. Most plastic will long outlive a human life. It's used for things from plumbing pipes to spaceships. However, about a third of plastic is designed for single use. Often unnecessarily so and unfortunately most of it is not recycled, it's put in landfill, incinerated or ends up in the sea. We now have 2 plastic wastelands the size of Mexico floating in the sea. Plus, half of the world's plastic waste was created in just the last 13 years! It's not a sustainable practice and the cheapness of plastic for packaging does not account for the current and future environmental costs from it's waste. I believe it's a systemic rather than an individual problem.
This is quite in contrast to clay. Taking ceramic materials from the Earth rarely upsets the ecological balance of nature, and discarded ceramic objects sink back into the earth causing no pollution at all.
PS: Funny thing about that square grey shape in the background. While turning my pots one managed to fly off the wheel spectacularly impaling itself onto a turning tool. I chucked it behind me and now it photo bombed me back! 😂
Hoje quero falar pra vocês sobre não servir os alimentos na embalagem. Vejo muita gente servindo, por exemplo, a manteiga na embalagem que ela vem, ou o achocolatado, ou o que quer que seja. Lembrando que não é que é errado, mas fica mais elegante. Você não precisa colocar todo o conteúdo da embalagem em outro recipiente, mas olhem só como fiz nessa foto com a manteiga e a geleia. O que vocês acham? 🤔