Friday, April 30, 2010
pound bag of Custer Feldspar. I would do it, but because of my arm, I
can not. I would have never bought so much of this stuff, but the
price break down makes a huge difference.
should have done in a different way. It was acually a ceramic related
injury, really too stupid to write about. Ok, I was trying to scrape
into thin slivers a gallon of nearly dry stoneware slip. I didn't
want to waste it! I hacked at it like a crazy woman until it was as
thin as sliced cheese! Then, with the same sharp paint scraper, I
chopped at it until it was finely ground. I really did an outstanding
job, and the reconstution went smooth. That evening I was fine, but
the next morning, I felt as if my right side was paralyzed. Here some
two days later, I am able to move my arm again, but I will wait a few
days before I return to mopping the studio floor! It is better to
work smart, and I will try to remember that for next time.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
kick wheel that lives in the greenhouse. Actually, it is not a
greenhouse anymore, just a kick wheel house.
I am going to try to figure out the shrink rate of this red brown clay
of Don's. I asked him, but he wasn't sure. I have measured it, and I
will measure it after it is a finished bowl. That way I should be
able to judge the right size when I am throwing in the future. Every
clay shrinks a little different than the next.
This might could be a little taller, but I am not going to worry about
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
different clay than I usually use. It is a cone seven clay, that I
plan to fire at cone six. It is the clay that a man named Don uses to
make his beautiful bird feeders. He puts a little green lizard on
each of his pieces, and they are sold all over the country. He sold
me a few boxes of his clay for me to try. It is special made for him,
and he buys a ton at a time! A ton is a lot of clay! Anyway, I am
going to fire it in my electric kiln, just to see how it will work. I
do not know the shrink rate of this clay, so it will be many tries,
before I can make the bowls the right size. This clay throws nice and
smooth, and it will fire to a pretty brown red color.
Monday, April 12, 2010
There wasn't really a black background.
This bowl was thrown "off the hump". I took a brutal ribbing in class
the week before last, about not wanting to throw off the hump. I also
found out that there was a song about it, and instantly I heard the
song, because of an iPhone.
Anyway, I thought I would give throwing a bowl this way a try. It
wasn't too bad. I have yet to cut it off, so I am not sure if I will
really have a bowl or not.
place in the country, the place where our flowers grow. I am headed
there after the trash truck picks up the cans, and I will stay three
days. It is always refreshing to excape the city for some fresh air.
I came out here just as the sun was starting to rise, to trim. It's
nice, what else can I say! At first I didn't think that I would like
using this old kick wheel, but the more I sit down at it to work, the
more at home it feels. Also, there is something really special about
working outside with the plants and singing birds.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Well, today I found out why I should trim my bowls on the clay mound, or clay hump, like my friend the tea bowl expert told me to do. He told me what to do, but he did not tell me why. I always need to know why, before I can understand anything! The why would be that my tea bowl rim is not even. Actually, this sounds right, but the problem is that since I am not making real tea bowls or yunomi, yet, my edges are even. Even edges are not what a tea bowl should have, but for now, or until I learn different, mine are still even and level.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
the "Chawan". Before I believed that the taller cup shapes were the
winter style tea bowl. Because I am no longer sure, I will only post
pictures of this style, the more bowl shaped forms.
What I had been saying was one thing, was in fact something else, all
together something different. This I was told by a true Expert.
Actually, I know very little about making tea bowls, the entire
purpose of this blog. This is Texas! Who on earth has ever heard of a
I was told by a friend before I started this process, that I couldn't
make a tea bowl, I hope he isn't right.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Thanks for the very good advice!
NEXT TIME ITRIM, I am going to make a mound of clay shaped like the inside of my Yunomi. I have not done that style of trimming before. In the future I am going to try to use the kick wheel to make and trim the
Chawan and Yunomi. I am a long way from where I want to be, as of yet. Good! Now I have plenty to do!
Monday, April 5, 2010
This wheel lives in a small town in Texas, only 900 people. It is in a large metal building
that I share with my husband, as a workshop. At one time we were
thinking about moving here, for the small town life in the country. I
do not know if we will ever move here, but for now it is a nice place
to get away from the city.
I bought this wheel with my own profits from my pie bird business,
years ago. I thought that I could teach myself to use it. When I
learned that I could not, I just let it sit. I was thinking about
selling it, but instead, I decided to learn to use it. That is how I
ended up at Clayways Studio. Were it not for this wheel, I would have
never have taken classes, something that has made a big difference in