In the past when people have asked me about bisquing ware with glass in it, I have told them confidently, "I have never had that happen." Even in my recent post, "Green Bottle Glass" I said, "The glass does not melt at all in the bisque, it anneals a little, but doesn't melt." Well, I withdraw my comments.
I knew there was something awry when I picked up a piece recently bisqued and saw this:
So, perhaps I am not really eating my words, but chewing on what to say in the future!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
|Lane Linnenkohl disking the field at Dry Branch Farm Photo by the author|
|Lane operates the farm on horse power, which I think is beautiful and admirable Photos by the author|
My pitchers have changed dramatically over the years, especially my handles. I found this pitcher in one of the cupboards at the farm. It is reduction-fired with a clear glaze and a painted decoration applied with the Tenmoku glaze which was also on the inside and on the rim. One thing I noticed the most about this pitcher is how thin the handle was, and how my handle terminal was not very strong.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
For the past two afternoons I have had the opportunity to throw pottery, uninterrupted, with productive results! This was the weekend for bigger items and trying to finish a few orders. It's been a while since I've thrown about 100 pounds in a few days, but I'm not in any pain (thankfully, and I know I shouldn't have any pain if I throw correctly, but I figured my muscles which have not been used as much would be complaining)! My favorite thing to throw are bottles, and it was great to get back in the groove of making bottles. I love the shapes, and I received a request for an eighteenth-century style bottle, which I have a photo of here:
|I went for an English style, mostly London-based. I think the handles are pretty good, but something to work on more.|
I also tried out a new rim style. I have been making my rims and lips of pitchers similar to this for a few years:
|I'd been using a rib tool to make indentations on the side of the lip|
But I have been wanting a little more flare, and a little more rise around the lip, so I tried this:
|I left more clay at the rim and then pulled the edges of the lip up to get that rise|
I've also had a request for one liter tankards. I never quite wrapped my head around how big that was, until I realized my Nalgene holds one liter. They're really big! So, tankards have taken over several shelves of my ware rack:
|Tankard Fest 2010|
The finishing touches were to put glass on some of the mugs and vases I threw, as well as on a few of the pitcher handles:
|I am a devotee to green wine bottle glass. I've never had good luck with brown bottle glass, and have not had the chance to get any pure glass from a glass distributor. It's a good excuse to drink wine too.|
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
My small, lovely town of Liberty, North Carolina has an enormous antiques festival twice a year. This was my first time going, and of course, I spent most of my time admiring and fondling pottery (it's a habit). So I thought I would share with you some of my adventures and things that I focus on when I am analyzing a piece of pottery.
I have recently received a research grant from the American Ceramic Circle in order to analyze kiln furniture and kiln designs of pre-1850 American stoneware pottery sites. Part of that research will (hopefully and eventually) be comparing intact pieces from known kiln sites to the kiln furniture used at those sites. Something I am always fascinated by is telling how a pot was fired from the marks left by the kiln furniture used, and sometimes by the kiln itself. There was no shortage of pottery to be seen! I have the tendency to be attracted to the somewhat disheveled and "worse for the wear" pieces such as this bottle:
Then there's an occasional really exciting piece, such as the early 19th century Nicholas Fox piece which was pictured in The Potter's Eye (page 93). What I love the most about antique shows, auctions, etc., is that you can HANDLE the objects, and feel the weight of them, the texture, and flip them over. The Fox piece was beautifully photographed in the book, but I thought it would be fun to let you see how it was fired:
| This fascinating array of objects were nearly all from the |
Westerwald region of Germany, it was such a pretty sight to see!
|This bottle's collar likely covered the rim of the bottle judging from the mark in the left photo, and also touched on the shoulder of the bottle as seen by the marks in the photo on the right|