Friday, December 31, 2010

ash glaze

I fired for my kiln opening and most of the clay I used was Orange Stone from Highwater Clay. I had about 400 lbs sitting around and was out of Wonder White also from Highwater . I ran the Orangestone through my Peter Pugger to soften it up for me to throw. It was sitting for more than a year. I new that it would make my iron glazes look good and they did. I sold every bowl and platter from the kiln. I used Angel Eyes and also used Vals Tomato Red. That is a really nice iron red.

The reason I like the Wonder White is because it makes my Ash Glaze sparkle . Here is a photo of two mugs , one is Wonder White and the other is Orangestone.

Well I now have more that 2,000 lbs of Wonder White again so I am looking forward to a New Year of making Wonder White pots again.

I also have some Phoenix for the wood kiln and have some Jack Troy wood fire clay and some McKensie Smith wood fire clay from Standard for the wood kiln. I will be firing the Plum Nelly Manabigama January 20 with the group from Mid-South

My ash Glaze is 50 ash and 50 Red Art

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Its Snowing

Merry Christmas yall

I unloaded the Old Alpine this morning and have some nice planters and 2 small porcelin bowls. I will go back later and get some photos of the planters ,here are the bowls

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bonsai Pots and Planters

I am firing again so that I can open the kiln Christmas Day. I had made a group of Bonsai pots and planters for my Succulent collection. I grow a lot of Pachypodiums and Adeniums. I made a lot of thrown planters out of a Moon White clay and I also made a group of Altered planters out of Orange Stone where I threw the body and added a bottom and feet and I drill a bunch of holes for drainage. I might even share a few of the pots with my friend Stan from Old Man
Im going to get up early and start the kiln, its the Old Alpine .
It was a little chilly for spraying out side . One of these days I will hook up a spray booth in side.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kiln Opening December 11

Kiln Opening

The Kiln opening was a blast. I had lots of good pots and lots of people showed up. I sold every bowl and platter. I got lucky on the weather because it snowed Sunday. We had the Bean Soup for the people that were here selling work. We had Pottery, Weaving and Metal work. We had Hot Cider and cookies for the people that showed up.
I had put a bunch of lizard cone packs around the kiln and found out that the kiln is much hotter in the back . Interesting..

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happening soon

Loaded the Old Alpine and fired Wednesday. Im planning on opening the kiln Saturday at 12 PM for my annual kiln opening. Its always a surprise for me and the people that are here. I have lots of mugs ,bowls and soup mugs and also 4 Piggy Banks. I dont make to many of them but I like them. Talking about the pigs I uncorked my Savings Pig where I put in quarters and got $350 ,YAY..

Also I made some more of my Lizard or Gator cone packs. I actually sell them for $10 each. I had made them for a while and I put them on top of the kiln after the firing. I have people come buy to check out the pottery and I sold 6 cone packs all in a week. It was a run .

We have have cleaned up the shop and getting ready for the kiln opening and Holiday Sale tomorrow .

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Show Time Today

I will be glazing today and tomorrow to load the Old Alpine for the Kiln Opening Saturday Dec 11 at 12 pm

We just fired the Plum Nelly Manabigama and had great pots come out.