Continuing from the last post, which showed my guinomi cups and a few other items, one of the highlights of this firing (although not from the course, this was my own project in the open workshop sessions) was another of my leaf imprint vases, this time with maple leaves :
Here's a few more angles on this little beauty:
imprinted with fresh maple leaves, as captured in this prior post. The stain is the Bob Kingsmill mix (iron oxide based), and the glaze inside and on the rim is Matt Green. i am really liking that combination.
Next I want to introduce 3 of my Bartmann (Bellarmine) jugs :
You can see all 5 of them, and information about the Bartmann jugs, in this prior post. One of my Bartmann jugs was selected for a student exhibit which is running now at Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Burnaby BC. Another one I thought I'd save for a future soda firing, but I'm rethinking that, and will probably glaze and fire it as soon as the studio re-opens in January.
One of the reasons to rethink this, is that I had some issue with bottoms cracking this term. In particular, with bottoms which our instructor was encouraging us not to trim, but rather just to tap up (so not completely flat) with our hand. I think my bottoms may have been a bit thin and perhaps not compressed or dry enough, and the edges of the bottom a bit thick (I think I don't draw enough clay up when I'm throwing), so they didn't suit this technique well. But then again, a number of students were noticing cracks in their work, some in very unusual places, like on the sides of a bowl (!!), so I personally believe that there was a crack fairy in the kiln shed. I hope she's gone now. It's always so sad to see your work crack. Some of mine are still functional, since the crack was not deep, and the glaze filled in. But some can't even hold water. Sad.
Here they are, one by one :
There is a small hairline crack on the bottom, but it still holds water. Yay.
Here's a closeup of this handsome fellow :
...and finally for now:
Stay tuned for more pieces when I have a chance.