The entire foray into pottery making is a big experiment for me. Challenging. Good to learn new things. Plus I’m interested in the ways it will affect (and has affected) my sculptural work.
With every opening of the kiln I learn something new. And get a little disappointed too. Here were results of the last firing with bowls. They are 7-8 inches in diameter. Fired in the same kiln load.
Inside of bowl #1
Side view bowl #1. The glaze ran on the inside of the bowl obscuring some of the rabbit’s hind leg. I think it works ok. I don’t mind the running especially in this one where I think it works okay. You’ll see others, below, where it didn’t work at all. I think I’m over firing the glaze? Or have a studio problem (i.e. I didn’t mix the glaze well in the bucket)? Sometimes it runs, sometimes it doesn’t. The drawing is from an etching I did in 2002.
Inside of bowl #2. Here’s were the running glaze didn’t work….
Bottom of bowl #2.
Side view bowl #2
And the next one:
Bowl #3 – inside.
Semi-side view bowl #3. I like the way the glaze pooled on this one.
Now bowl #4:
Back to the drawing inspired by the earlier etching. Not loving this blur…
Side of bowl #4. Maybe the drawings on the insides of the bowls should be simpler a la bowl #3?
Okay last one. Bowl #5.
Inside bowl #5
Side view #5
Another side view #5
So what do you think? Ceramics is challenging. I’m testing out a few new clear glazes in the next firing… Thoughts welcome.