Sunday, November 22, 2015

Salt Glaze

I have always liked salt glazed pottery. While living in the Seagrove area of North Carolina, I had the opportunity to do quite a bit of it. Recently I have wanted to investigate its use on my current forms. Fortunately, Eric Smith (E.M. Smith Pottery) lives a couple of towns to the west of me, where he maintains his studio, producing wood fired salt glaze ware. Eric was kind enough to let me put a test pieces in his firing a couple of weeks ago, which is pictured below. This is made from my regular porcelaineous stoneware clay body, with a slip coating of Erect, NC clay, a wild clay I obtained many years ago from Al McCanless of Dover Pottery. This piece doesn't demonstrate the typical "orange peel" effect of salt due to its high silica content, which tends to lap up the salt. The wood ash further fluxes it all, allowing for the development of wonderful green glass.

Guinomi (Sake Cup)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Anagama Firing

This past weekend (November 5th - 8th), the anagama and adjoining kilns at Gustin Ceramics were loaded. Firing commenced yesterday, Monday, November 9th, and will finish up on Sunday, the 15th. Unloading is scheduled for Saturday, November 28th.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Form and Function

This wood fired (anagama firebox) sake cup was recently selected for inclusion in the "8th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function", being held in Gulf Coast State College's Amelia Gallery, Panama City, FL. This exhibition runs November 20th - December 17th, 2015.

Firebox Guinomi