New pieces thrown and trimmed

This weekend, I managed to get a little time to spend in the studio. I threw a bunch of bowls and some other forms, including a couple knitting bowls.

Mrs. B. told me about the knitting bowl and showed me an example. It’s a medium sized, more spherical bowl with a small slot cut in from the rim. The knitter’s yarn is stored in a ball in the bowl, and it feeds out through the slot. In the photo below, there are a pair on the top shelf.

Also in this weekend’s work, a set of 4 matched bowls, about as close a set as I’ve thrown to date. I’m crossing my fingers for drying and firing.

Here’s a snapshot of the weekend’s production…

There’s also a lidded sugar bowl. I haven’t thrown many lidded items lately, so it’s about time.

I did some studio maintenance, too. In the last glaze firing, I had some glaze drips on the shelves. The indigo float dripped off of the big blue bowl, which didn’t surprise me. It does that sometimes when I apply glaze by pouring on a large item. Indigo float tends to make big bulging puddle drips that pop off the kiln wash easily. I also had some unexpected drips from the new Vert Lustre, which dripped and soaked through the kiln wash and into the shelf. It didn’t pop off nicely. I chipped off what I could, but ultimately had to resort to an angle grinder to remove it, also removing a bit of the shelf at the same time. I’m not worried about what’s left on the shelf, but I’m concerned about the change to the shelf itself. May be time for a replacement. I then did a fresh, heavy coat of kiln wash on all the shelves. We’ll see how it holds up.

I’m hoping to get a bisque load fired before Thanksgiving. We’ll see.

Firing Highlights

The most recent firing included 15 mugs that will be used for prizes in the upcoming NC SuperClassic disc golf tournament.

 

There was a big blue bowl, about 14″ across…

…and a wider big blue-green bowl. It picked up some nice trout spots in firing…

…and my personal favorite, the lustrous green lantern. This was made as a monument for a cat, and includes a solar light. The effect is subtle and comforting.

Glaze Firing Completed

This morning, we opened the kiln after at cone 5 glaze firing. Included in this load were 15 mugs which will be used as prizes in the upcoming NC SuperClassic. They were glazed in different colors, including the newest addition to my dipping collection, PC-41, or Vert Luster. They all came out really well, so I can breath a sigh of relief. Also in this load were a couple really big (for me) bowls, and a monument for a cat. Photos will be on Flickr soon.