|Bell shaped vase, H 11 3/8 inches x W 11.5 inches (290 x 292mm). Crystalline glaze on porcelain.|
|Detail of Bell shaped vase. I was fascinated by the little iron speckles and rusty runs in the lower half of the pot where I put the crystalline glaze over a Tenmoko glaze.|
|Deep Blue bowl. H 8 inches W 13 3/4 inches (203 x 350mm). Crystalline glazed porcelain.|
|I gave the outside of the bowl a Tenmoko glaze and allowed the crystalline glaze to run over this in the firing. I really like the drama of showing the stalactite-like runs.|
|I know some potters get a bit phobic about blue and the over use of it...., but it is wonderful to indulge sometimes!|
|Chalice. H 8 3/4 inches (222mm). I fired this one at least 3 times, and one firing was in a reduction atmosphere. The inside glaze is an oil-spot glaze.|
|Yellow vase. H 6 1/2 inches (165mm). I gave this crystalline glazed porcelain vase two glaze firings. It has a subtle and highly detailed patterning that reminds me of a bird's egg.|
|Blue and Green Vase. H 5 3/4 inches (146mm). Crystalline glazed porcelain. If I remember correctly I first applied a green crystalline glaze, then brushed a few splotches of a cobalt coloured crystalline glaze over the top.|
|Here is another view of the blue and green vase.|
|This is my favourite crystalline glazed jar that I have made so far! There are lovely speckles of small secondary crystals, in addition to the larger crystals that have a dark outline. Height is 6 1/2 inches including the lid (165mm).|
A couple of the bowls that I made for the local craft show did sell from our studio last week to a lovely couple from Switzerland. Sadly every cent of the money made from that sale disappeared the same evening when I had to go and see a dentist. It was amazing how tapping two teeth three times to determine which one was the problem, and recommending a $1200 root canal job can be worth the same as two hand made, high fired, porcelain bowls, but there you go! (I won't be getting the $1200 root canal done, or the $900 root canal if it turns out to be the simpler of the two teeth, there is no debate, I simply don't have that sort of money, and will probably spend my old age chewing soft white bread between my shrunken gums like an old sheep, and slurping soup, and saying rude things about dentists, the free market, and the dire state of the nation!).
Whilst money has been a ever more gloomy problem, I am convinced that I am making progress with the crystalline pots. It is a thrill to see some of the things that are emerging from the kiln at the moment, and I have ideas for bigger and more exciting pots and sculptures that I will do for as long as I can afford to buy clay and power to fire the kiln!
Here are a couple of the new mugs I have made. These average 4 3/4 inches tall (120mm), and are porcelain that has been fired to 1300 Celsius. Now that the crystalline glazed work has all been done for the next exhibition, I want to make some more batches of mugs that are similar to these, and have a range of colours. Hopefully they will make useful Christmas stock and something for the summer holiday trade. These ones retail for NZ $32 which is about US $25 at the current rate of exchange.
I had better upload this now..., the wind is getting stronger and stronger as I write this, and we may end up with a power cut.
Looking forward to catching up with some of your blogs now that I have got exhibition deadlines out of the way!