Last week I bisque my coffee cups. They turned out nice, now I’m trying to decide which kiln I want to put them into. I also got back 3 pots I had put in the regular 10 cone kiln and they turned out really nice. One put I glazed, the color turned out beautiful. It’s a purple and orangish color. However, that one did drip a lot and ran down the side, so today in class I’ll be shaving the sides down so they aren’t sharp and look a little cleaner.
All 6 of my pots, cups, and vases turned out really great from the soda kiln! Below are my two favorite in color. They turned out bright color combination, that is different from what I usually get in a regular cone 10 kiln.
My other three have a really lovely settle color to them. I think they all turned out great! I am very happy with the turn out of all of them.
I think I will definitely put maybe one or two of my coffee mugs into the soda kiln. I am also eager to see how the wood kiln pieces I put in are going to turn out. I put about 5 on the cart for that kiln last week.
Last week I glazed a few pots, that were put into the soda kiln and fired on Wednesday. So far I only got two back out of the five pots, but the rest will be loaded and fired today. However, the two that did it fired turned out really nice. I left one of my pots without a slip and the result was a nice dark brown color. The second pot that was fired turned out beautiful. The color is a lovely green shade and consistent over the entire pot.
This week we are working on firing the wood kiln and I have a few pots to put into that one. Today I will be putting slip the pots I want to load in that kiln. I’ll be loading some coffee mugs, bowls, and small vases.
Last week I made some clay with a group of other students, and it turned out really nice. I had put slip on a pot that I wanted to be put into the pit fire and bisque. It looks really nice and I’m excited to see how it turns out when put into the pit.
Last Monday we loaded the pit fire and I put 5 pieces in and they turned out pretty neat. Two of my pieces came out really black, and I enjoy the look they got. I placed them in the very bottom of the pit, so I assume that’s why they got so black. I also used a white slip on them as well, which could have been a factor in the color getting so dark.
On my other three I used terra sig. They did not get as black on the first two did. I’m sure if that is because of where I placed them in the pit or if it was a result from the color slip I put on. On the inside of one of my bowls however, received that black color.
My other two bowls/cup didn’t really change much in color. I’ll probably be putting them back into the pit today for a second firing. I’ll place them on the very bottom, like I did for the first two pots shown above. The middle bowl I did not put a slip on, I wanted to experiment with how it would turn out just being bisque. Also the cup on the far right, I placed it inside a larger clay piece, and that probably had a reason for it not getting much color change. The image below will show all five of my pots together.
Last class I also bisque the rest of my pots and put a slip on one of my vases to be put in the pit fire today, along with re-firing my other pieces.
Last week I unfortunately got pink eye, so I was unable to make anything. But on Monday, I worked on my vases some more and loaded two pots on the cart to be bisque. I’m eager to see how they turned out! I also threw a couple vases and bowls, and I think they turned out really nicely. I kept them covered, but since it will be a week later since I was sick, I’m afraid it will be bone dry.
Today I will be working on some pots for the next project. I want to try and make some coffee cups and espresso cups. So far I made one of each. The handle on the coffee cup did not turn out right. I wasn’t sure how to make the handle replicate the style of the thrown mug, so it turned out really cracked and ugly. I put the handle on my mug and now they are both bone dry. So there’s not much more I can do to fix that one now, but that was my first attempt out of many. Also my small espresso mug became bone dry before I was even able to make a handle for it, so now I’ll probably just use it as a small dish for something.
(PICTURES TO COME)
I got my bisque ware off the shelves and they turned out nice. One of the fat/short vases turned out very smooth and soft. I put two more items on the cart to get bisqued, but I didn’t apply any slip to those.
Last class when I threw a lid for a pot I made, it unfortunately got bone dry before I had the chance to trim it and give it a lip to sit inside the bowl. I think my plan is to make a lip for it to perfectly fit inside the pot, fire all 3, and then glue together the lid and lip. I’m not sure if this will work, but I like the lid too much to toss it and it sits perfectly on my pot. Last class, I also made a coffee mug and made a handle for it. The coffee mug I threw and the handle I shaped with my hands. I wish I would have done something a little better for the handle, because now both pieces are bone dry and I can’t correct it.
Currently, I’m woking on my vases, still having trouble making them tall. I made one decent vase today in class. While I was throwing the other one it got so thin that it fell apart outwards like a plate. I’m assuming I just need a lot more clay if I want to make these taller.
I’ve continued throwing my pots/bowls. I managed to apply slip on to 4 pots/bowls and had them bisque. One turned out really nice, the others had some pores, so the slip was unable to cover the entire surface. Therefore, there appears to be a lot of holes on my bowls/pots. I think this was a result from not either sanding them down or better smoothing them out while I was throwing or trimming. I am still having some difficulty trimming. I still think its just the centering on my pots are a tad off, so when I go to trim everything is a tad off. Also today when I tried trimming some bowls/pots, they kept popping off the wheel. I think that might have been because they were getting too dry.
Last class I was working on my vases and I ended up getting one decent vase! It’s not the size I was going for, but it still cute and looks pretty good. I also created a happy accident vase. While I was trying to make it taller, my clay was getting thinner. This resulted in the clay collapsing on itself and making two ripples at the top. I kind of enjoy the way it looks, so I decided to keep it. I’ll probably use that one for the first project kiln.
(UPLOADING IMAGES WHEN I REMEMBER TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL OF THEM)