High gloss and luster shino glaze developed by Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery in San Jose.
In my quest for a new kiln/studio—my home studio is now a Kiln-free zone ordered by my landlord…long story and saga still unfolding—I have made myself at home in San Jose at Higher Fire Clay Space and Gallery. And with it two giant gas kilns and a very consistent reduction firings by equally competent studio managers and instructors.
So, I now have a new series of works using a combination of Lehman’s Shino, Higher Fire Gold Shino and a dusting of Blue Celadon glazes. But with so many other beautiful glazes to choose from, I will have to continue to explore the many colors and combinations!
And yes, the GOLD!
Dan Dermer, studio owner/potter, has formulated a special shino glaze recipe that puts gold on pots! Super glossy and stable with rich gold and beautiful carbon trapping where the dusting of celadon is heavier.
Also getting ready for the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire next weekend, and then I attempt to jury into ACGA-American Clay and Glass Artists…nervous about this one. Once accepted, it’s a live long membership (so long as you pay your dues!). Wish me luck.
I am so excited! I think I blew out my husband’s ear drum!
Just found out that I have been accepted into “Making the Everyday Unique: Functional Clay & Glass from ACGA” Exhibition—one of 21 artists to be featured at Lafayette Art Gallery, Lafayette, CA. Aug. 5 – Sept. 6, 2014.
I started January of 2014 with a secret proclamation that I will write a post once a month.
3 months 27 days later, I finally get around to sitting down to put thoughts on screen. I have been keeping a journal and that’s going well…includes personal thoughts as well as clay processes and sketches for new ideas and revamping old ideas. I find that I need to write down my thoughts more often…can’t seem to remember what I wanted to do from hour to hour.
With new form comes the need for new colors. I didn’t feel that the colors I had will be able to highlight the teapots’ personality—playful and full of attitude. I didn’t want to over-work it either and diminish the texture. So, with several days and weeks of internet search for cone 6 glazes, I started my glaze testing process. If any of you have gone through this on your own, you can either say you love the process or absolutely find it exhausting! I am somewhere in the middle…love the excitement of opening the kiln to discover new colors, contentment of half successes and then the disappointment of utter failure.
– Snowflake glaze with Copper Carbonate and Cobalt Carbonate variation…now snowflakes…just a lot of crackle craze. Probably needs a more controlled cooling cycle than I was willing to commit to the whole kiln firing.
– Fake Celadon variations using Zinc Oxide and Copper Carbonate. Not quite there on this one either. I substituted one with Strontium Carbonate and It is showing an orange peel texture…underfired? Haven’t decided if I like it or not.
– Raspberry and Cranberry using Tin Oxide and Chrome Oxide. NO LIKE. I was hoping for more cherry apple red…but got more of a maroon… Too warm on the color wheel. It’s a good stable glaze, just not what I want on my pots.
– Juicy Fruit…lol…yuk. Something went very wrong on this one. Looks like day old dog poop.
Well, that about covers it. I need to do more testing.
Now to get ready for the wood firing this weekend!
Wow, what an amazing weekend! Initially overwhelming and intimidating by the sheer number of artists and talent, can’t help but to be humbled and inspired. I was one of 70+ ceramic artists presenting sculptural, functional and garden art at the annual Art in Clay Ceramic Art Show and Sale in Palo Alto presented by Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild. It’s surprising how one show with so many other potters can each be so unique in style, technique and presentation. Everyone eager to share the stories, tips and tricks to how their work distinguish from others’ work. Some artists more accomplished, some just starting out, all with their own amazing story. Yes, I used amazing twice, now three times, but I’m having a hard time finding another word that express what I saw this weekend.
If you were not able to come this year, mark your calendars for next year, Nov 15-16, 2014. A not to miss for sure!
Olive Hyde Art Guild Holiday for the Arts Gala, Show and Sale in Fremont, Ca.
Friday Night Gala— December 6th, 5:30 – 9pm
Show and Sale—December 7-8th, 10am – 5pm, Free Admission
Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, Ca. Click here for poster.
German-American International School Winterfest 2013, Menlo Park, CA
December 7, 2013 2pm – 5pm, Free Admission
GSIS-275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park, CA Click here for poster.
Blossom Hill Pottery and Fine Art Sale in Los Gatos, CA
December 14-15, 10am – 5pm, Free Admission
History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA http://blossomhillcrafts.com/sale/
This completes this year’s show schedule for me. Hope you are able to visit these shows and when you do, be sure to say hello.
Start of the holiday season marks my busiest most stressful time of the year—preparing for the shows and sales leading up to Christmas week. Instead of thinking about festive decorations, organizing favorite holiday recipes and making a list of what I’d like to receive, I am elbow deep in mud, glazes and covered in price tags.
No complaints though…except for the gift list. I prepare the these weeks with anticipation of how people will like my new pieces. And I have some exciting new pieces!
These are exciting time for artists who show and sell. To get feedback and comments, to see how people handle each piece. It’s disappointing when people walk past my work and not touch them. I think most are afraid to touch or think that they would be obligated to buy once touched. Artists love to talk about their work. To share the thoughts of how or why they made them. Most of us work in small little studio on their own with Pandora playing in the background. We want people to talk to. So next time you are at an art show, be engaged, be social. Ask for the story, and there’s always a story.
Visit me at Art in Clay Ceramic Show and Sale presented by Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild on Nov 16-17, 10am – 5pm at Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto.
Carved Globe Ornaments: $18 each. Available in bronze, black, red.
Watering Vessels: $65 each.Orders placed by 12/1 will deliver in time for Xmas!
I’m very excited to share my latest pit fire with the help of photos from a fellow pit fire participant’s photos–cuz I was too busy playing with fire.
Our scheduled OVCAG-Orchard Valley Ceramics Art Guild-September Pit Fire Workshop was managed by me and I must say it went very smooth…thank goodness!
I arrived at the Santa Cruz Twin Lakes Beach with my very handsome muscle man, otherwise known as My Husband Lance in tow. And he did a magnificent job of digging out the fire pit!
We piled on the wood collected from a local sawmill who generously donated their scraps.
And because I like to play with fire, I added a few more when I noticed some empty spots. Wanted to make sure that we didn’t have any exposed pots during the firing. Boy, it was HOT!
Now the hard part…letting it burn.
Trying to look like we are waiting patiently…
Lunch time! We came prepared with pot luck food…pastries, hot coffee, chips and dip, cold cuts, cold peanut sesame noodles and lots of fruit. We could have fed 10 more people!
After about 2.5 hours, we started to get way too eager and decided to move the embers around to speed up the cooling process.
And my pit. Great black and lots of color flashes from the Salt and Copper Carbonate. It was the deepest pit and burned longer than the others, and the results were beautiful!
And back in my studio, the other pots.
Notice the difference between the smaller ones in the middle and the bigger ones. I started get bored with the pebble burnishing and so the bigger ones only got 2 phase burnishing while the little ones had 3 phase burnishing… 1. at leather hard, 2. at green and 3. at bone dry with canola oil. Once these are finished with floor wax polishing, I hope they even out, but in the future, I won’t be as lazy!
We started at 7:00 am and left the beach at 1:45 pm which included cleaning up and packing up the car. Super efficient and got great results. A very happy crew!
Having my own personal studio makes me more aware of the time not spent in there. So, I try to find something to do everyday, even if it’s just to wash a bowl or wipe down the work table.
But occasionally, I will sit down, open up a bin of reclaimed clay, wedge it down and start fiddling around with it…and poof! Magic happens. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it happens, I find my happy place again—finding the inspiration to get back in the studio for real productive work.
These are pinch pots with fun little animal heads and feet added. A friend commented that it would be perfect for her 3 minute eggs. We also used them to serve jam, salt and spices at the table with little pinch spoons and it holds my watch and rings while I work in the studio. Wouldn’t it also be fun to have these around for Easter to hold eggs or candy in their hiding places?