I have done several more crystalline glaze firings since I posted in mid February. The photos above this are a selection of some of them. The pots in the photos are all porcelain fired to cone 10 (about 1280 C or 2336 F), and most measure 7 - 8 inches high (178 - 203mm).
I have concentrated on blue coloured crystals with these firings, and, after a shaky start where few glazes produced crystals, I am having much more success and am really pleased with some of the pots. I like the clarity of these glazes, and the gentle watercolour-like colouring of the blue-green ones in particular.
The kiln that I am using is very small, just 3 cubic feet inside, so I can usually only fit 4 or 5 pots in it. Whilst this makes for rather a lot of hours per pot of kiln time, there are some advantages. Crystalline glazes seem to work best with kilns that are capable of achieving peak firing temperature quickly, and it helps to be able to cool quickly too. The small kiln certainly can do those things rather well, it is like a little sports car! Firing a few pots at a time also encourages experimentation. I did 6 crystalline glaze firings over the course of a month, and made subtle changes to each firing as I attempted to improve on the one before. The results got better and better.
Waimate Art Society Annual Exhibition
I will be showing some of my crystalline glazed pots in an exhibition later this month.
I am a guest exhibitor at the Waimate Art Society annual exhibition which will be held in the Waimate Art Society Rooms, 18 Shearman Street, Waimate. The exhibition opens at 8pm on Friday 14th of this month, and runs until Sunday 23rd of March.
For more information about the town of Waimate, you might like to look at the wiki for Waimate.
Friends and Family
We have had some lovely catch ups over the last month or so with friends and family that we do not see often.
Bob, and his family from Auckland, travelled down to ride the Central Otago Rail Trail in February. We had cups of tea and coffee with Bob and Xiao at Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe in Lower Stuart Street, Dunedin.
|Xiao and Bob at Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe.|
The Central Otago Rail Trail is becoming very popular. This is a cycleway that follows the path of a disused railway through spectacular Central Otago. For more information you might like to look at Central Otago Rail Trail.
My account of meeting Bob in Auckland can be found at The House That Bob Made.
Potpourri Vegetarian Cafe does good coffee and really yummy food.... recommended!
80 x 2 = 160 + 80 = 240
February was quite a month for birthdays, and my mum and dad both celebrated their 80th birthdays.
|Mum and Dad.|
Anyway, celebrating 2 x 80 was a wonderful thing to do, and this was made even better still because my Uncle and Aunt from Oxford, UK, and Uncle and Aunt from Adelaide, Australia travelled all the way to join in. The 2 x 80, became 3 x 80 as my Aunt from Australia also achieved her 80th birthday the same year as my Mum and Dad! Also at the celebration were my sister and brother in law, and their eldest son and daughter in law. It was lovely to get together again.
|With 3 birthdays to celebrate, there really had to be 3 cakes!|
|3 Special People! My Auntie Mary, Uncle Norman, and Laura.|
To End With Something Quite Different!
Nigella Stopit and Winnie the Poo have a power struggle going on .... Nigella Stopit has the advantage in this of actually having a brain, something that Winnie the Poo has shown no evidence of! I think that Nigella Stopit will win... ultimately, but Winnie the Poo has an "unflappable" confidence about her that can be quite disturbing, especially for a member of the bird family!
|Nigella Stopit assuming a defensive position, and Winnie the Poo exploring new territory!|