Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tall jugs part 2 and.... lots of glazed pots

I put a handle on the large jug that appeared without a handle in my last post, and gave it a coat of white slip as well.

Our studio was open to the public this weekend, but I managed to make another 17 inch high jug this afternoon. I must say that the larger size is really fun.

I have included some photos of the glaze firing that I unpacked from the electric kiln last Friday. I had some of the bird jugs in that firing,

there was a fish pot (for tea or coffee),

a small jug,

some rather medieval looking stoneware mugs (the raised pattern is trailed shino glaze),

and a 13 and a 15 inch bowl. The 15 inch was the absolute maximum size I could fit in my kiln,

there was only about 2 or 3 mm clearance between the props and the bowl which gave me some anxiety.

Here are a couple of close ups of the bowls. The glaze reminds me of the sea or of the sky.

This morning God was firing in reduction and came up with some lovely skies.


Jewels said...

Wonderful pieces! Love the color and detail on the second bird jug, and the glazing on the bowls is fabulous.

Linda Starr said...

Oh Peter, what wonderful jugs you make, the glazes break so beautifully over the patterns you have put there. That 17 inch tall one is really great. If I had to choose one, I wouldn't have an easy time of it, but I do like the first two bird jugs. That is some impressive slip trailing on your mug, love the color. Are the plates your chun glaze, such beautiful colors and patterns, so much to gaze at, as you say like looking into perhaps an ocean reef. Boy the sky does look like it is in reduction what a great analogy.

Peter said...

Thank you Jewels and Linda for your kind words. Lovely to hear from you both. It is fun to keep on meeting more people through doing this blog, and probably quite important too. It is good to see what others are doing, and to encourage, and to be encouraged.

Welcome to you Jewels, I had a nice visit to your site
after finding your comment on mine. That is a lovely photo of Brandy your "pooch".

Linda, thanks for being the first to leave a comment on Laura's site, she is really delighted and I know she will put a reply on there soon. She doesn't do much with the computer as yet, so we'll have to do a joint session when she has a moment. Currently she is boiling up a big pot of quinces from our tree. We picked them yesterday.

There is something about making jugs, about their form I guess, that I have always liked. I started making them almost as soon as I could throw anything above about 3 inches on the wheel. I suppose jugs are often quite like the human form, and are also birdlike. I am really excited about them now that I am able to make them on a larger scale. I finished another 17 inch one today. The chun glaze fascinates me. The "plates" are actually large shallow bowls (I should have taken a photo in profile as well as straight down) The glaze is the chun (chun should have an umlaut over the u, but I can't remember how to achieve one just at the moment). I use 3 or 4 glazes in layers to get the chun effect I want. P.

Judy Shreve said...

Peter - your large jug is wonderful & I love the addition of slip. Will you just put a clear over the slip?

And you know I like your bird jugs -- these came out great --I like the copper glaze with your texture - but the temmoku is nice too.

The chun glazes on your plates are so interesting. & that takes 3 glazes?

It's spring break here - so my son & husband are home this week. I'm enjoying the (lazy) time with them but I'm not getting much pottery done.

I hope to post some pictures from my last firing soon.

Peter said...

Hi Judy,
The large jug will probably have a clear honey glaze over it with just a hint of reduction through parts of the firing. I would like to fire these earthenware jugs in my wood fired kiln.

The chun takes an absolute minimum of 2 glazes, but I usually use 3 or 4 different ones over the top of each other. I wait until the first glaze is just at the stage where it won't stick to my finger if I lightly touch it, then pour on the next. The glazes do usually craze a bit as they dry, and sometimes pinhole and blister, but I rub them gently when dry and usually find they fire OK. Occasionally I loose the odd one due to the glaze crawling, but they look best if "you live dangerously" when glazing them, and some have crawled then healed in the firing and look best of all.

Spring break sounds good (hail and even snow was mentioned today for tomorrow in our weather forecast!).
Lovely to hear from you. P.