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22nd-May-2006 10:33 pm
woah huge weekend of excitement. it has taken me nearly 3 days to assimilate what has happened and process it into a simple lj entry.

lets start with the results of last Friday's firing and move around the ceramics bubble that i am currently ensconced in. these six 'liver' looking pieces weren't anywhere near what i wanted :) they're supposed to be greenier, but as i prophesied i went overboard on the reduction (the lure of the flame...) so armed with this knowledge i'll temper my urges next time and not starve the glaze so much to give me the effect of what i want.  the camera had a hard time focusing when i was taking the shots, and the lighting was bad, but i think i managed to catch these guys at their bestest.  they truly look a lot worse in real life *grin*

then of course there's all the below pics explained more on the little blue link:

 Wheel forming has turned from cylinders, to bowls, and then in a completing circle into bottles or ovliods. first attempts on the left.they're super heavy in the bases, but i am assured that i can turn the weight out of them. hopefully without going through the base...
 My struggle with Egyptian paste enters a new phase. on the right i've now bisqued, and earthenware fired these guys. although they are all meant to have the coating finally the bottle was meant to be bright blue and look cool. sadly the copper oxide might show up if i glazed it. the matt finish of the base slip is an interesting side effect, which more than a few people seems quiet pleased with, but frankly i think it's crap.. *sigh* back to the drawing board. However when all this stuff is fired the clay body should be a steely grey, which with bright blue, would look ace 
  the final set of 3 under glaze pencil tests. earthenware, oxidised stoneware, and reduced stoneware. the iron flavoured pencil hardly works at all, the cobalt is ace (no surprised there) and the copper is ok.
It's going to be easier to pay $10 to own something useful i feel. ;)
 here's a better shot of both the pieces i fired. the bowl was bisqued and then had the paste applied by spraying, i expected it to have flaked off, but it hasn't. remarkably it seems to be a good fit. the bottle had the paste applied whilst still green ware.
the current theory is the clay body pulled a buttload of the salts out of the paste which is why it never glazed. re-application of the paste will follow (both a saltier paste AND over the top of the existing stuff) 

again i apologise for the low lighting and dulled colours
25th-May-2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Great work, how long have you been throwing?
I like the paste i looks ok in the pics...
I have only used it in the form like a clay, didnt know you could use it like a glaze, but makes sense really ;)
I'd like to try it i have a couple of recipes...

Next week end there is a ceramic confrence on wood firing in the city...dont know much about the other details but...i could find out if you or anyone you knew was interested.
25th-May-2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
been throwing.. erm.. well it's been an 18 week semester, minus 3 pubic holidays, minus 3 weeks to go, one day a week, so 12 classes.
the pictures are _very_ flattering, don't be mislead too much *grin*

the paste made a lot of sense to me and i couldn't figer out why there isn't more ppl doing it. having tried it however, i see why.

the conference is at rmit next sat 12-3 and cost $12 for students. i have father duties that weekend and don't want to bore daughter so no wood firing talks for me. my teachers assure me that these 'living teasure' speakers are pretty great, let me know if you come into town for it, we could meet up for coffee and cake for arvo tea. maybe.
26th-May-2006 12:26 am (UTC)
OMG!! You are quite good then, dont be hard on yourself, it takes a long time to be a master!
You know the conference...
And you have a child!! How old is your daughter?
How often do you have her? Do you love being a Dad, yes?
I will most definately be there for it as I have already booked, I still have not recieved money but my lecturer is helping me out a bit...covering the costs, and car pooling, because he knows how much I am interested in wood firing...but I should be up on the finances in a week!
I would most definately love to catch up, unfortunately I will not have my son with me, but he will be in smelbs with his dad! Coffee and cake sounds good, where do you mostly hang for that kinda thing? I guess I will be in the city, but can tram it somewhere. Keep in touch. Wow that will be my first LJ met up!!! I remember seeing once that there was a community for that, where people would journal thier experiences of meeting up with LJ friends, wouldn't have a clue what it is called but.
26th-May-2006 08:00 am (UTC)
Jorgia is nine and a bit. she comes to hang every other weekend. being a dad, is, well, dadish and odd.
26th-May-2006 11:21 am (UTC)
I am sure you are great...
Being a potter, there must be a sense of stillness in you, and good moulding hands...
It is important for girls to have good male modeling from thier fathers...and a deep connection with them...well for all kids...

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